Dunbar can't hold off Douglass After scoreless first half, No. 3 Poets routed, 31-0

Football

September 13, 1998|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After being out-gained by Douglass of Prince George's County, 180-50, in the opening half yesterday, Dunbar felt fortunate that the game was scoreless.

Then came the second half.

A combination of errors by the No. 3 Poets and two big punt returns by Douglass added up to a long afternoon for host Dunbar in a 31-0 defeat.

Senior quarterback Greg Spriggs ran and threw for a touchdown, and returned a punt 55 yards for another score for Douglass, ranked No. 19 in this week's state AP poll. Douglass has not been scored upon in its two wins.

Dunbar (1-1), ranked No. 14 in the state after last week's opening victory over the area's No. 2 team, Mount St. Joseph, turned the ball over five times, crossing into Douglass territory only twice.

"We did a good job defensively, but we didn't execute at all on offense," said senior wide receiver Chris Barnes, who had two catches for 10 yards. "It was just a long day all around."

The Poets limited Douglass (2-0), which had 417 yards in a 49-0 win over Leonardtown last week, to 78 yards in the second half. But Dunbar couldn't get a handle on Spriggs.

Spriggs, who had 188 total yards, broke open the scoreless game, going 17 yards around the left side on a quarterback sneak on fourth down, then adding a two-point conversion run for an 8-0 lead.

The Poets' offense went three-and-out, and had to punt. Spriggs took the ball off a bounce, found a wide-open right side of the field and went 55 yards for his second touchdown midway in the third quarter.

Spriggs later returned another punt 73 yards, again finding daylight on the right side, giving Douglass first-and-goal at the Poets' 2. Two plays later, Robert Johnson scored from a yard out, extending the lead to 24-0 with 11: 55 left in the fourth quarter.

"We were a little worried, but we knew we had to step up the intensity," said Spriggs. "Their linebackers and ends weren't really aggressive. They were waiting to see what we were going to do."

Douglass' wishbone offense (258 yards) dictated the first half, running 33 plays to Dunbar' 13, getting into Poets' territory on all four possessions.

Its best drive, which went from its 1 to Dunbar's 11, stalled after a holding penalty and a sack by Poets linebacker Alan Nelson.

The Poets' offense (118 yards) got off to a quick start in the second half, going 16 yards on two plays, but Damian Gavins recovered a fumble by D'Andre Dorsey at Dunbar's 31. On fourth-and-six from the 17, Spriggs went around the left side for the game's first score.

"They didn't do nothing we weren't prepared for, we just weren't physical enough," said Dunbar coach Ben Eaton, whose team plays host to Linganore of Frederick County next weekend. "There was no letdown, but we're still learning."

No. 1 Gilman 44, Boys' Latin 0: Senior Damien Davis rushed six times for a game-high 192 yards and two touchdowns as the host Greyhounds blitzed the Lakers.

Davis scored on runs of 53 and 81 yards in the first half as the Greyhounds (2-0) jumped to a 23-0 lead at the half. Gilman rolled up 413 total yards on offense.

Nick Nocar had 50 yards and one touchdown on four carries, and quarterback Ryan Boyle completed four of five passes for 70 yards, including a 49-yard strike to Shawn Woodland.

No. 11 Milford Mill 30, Perry Hall 14: Richard Johnson rushed for one touchdown and threw for three two-point conversions as the Millers (1-1) put away the Gators (1-1).

Randallstown 47, Western Tech 8: Dieter Munz returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown, and four plays later scored on a 67-yard punt return to power the No. 7 Rams (2-0) past the Wolverines (0-2).

Pub Date: 9/13/98

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