Edmondson shakes doubters, leaves behind Dunbar, 39-6

No. 5 Redskins to face Howard in semifinals

Class 2A football

High schools

November 14, 1999|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Forget that Edmondson's undefeated regular season came mainly because of its dominance in the city's West Division, considered weaker to the East Division. The Redskins are indeed for real, and they served notice yesterday at Poly.

In their first state playoff contest, the No. 5 Redskins demolished East co-champ and No. 14 Dunbar, 39-6, in a 2A quarterfinal game.

The Redskins (11-0), winners of 17 consecutive games, will play No. 7 Howard on Saturday at Poly in the semifinals for a spot in the state 2A title game at Maryland's Byrd Stadium on Thanksgiving weekend.

Edmondson is the fifth city school team compete in the state post-season tournament, joining Dunbar, Lake Clifton, Walbrook and Patterson. Its debut was nothing short of impressive.

Playing against an 8-3 Dunbar squad that has the city's two state championships (1993 and 1994) and hasn't lost a state playoff first-round game, the Redskins blew open a close contest in the second half with their big-play offense.

"We did started slow in the first half," said Edmondson senior running back Raytron Leak, who scored on a 67-yard reception in the second quarter. "But I think after the second half we had more confidence knowing that we're the better team. We knew that our momentum would help us drive through Dunbar."

Eddie Colbert (4-for-6, 238 yards) threw three scoring passes for Edmondson, two to senior Justus McLeod in the second half. After gaining 76 yards in the first two quarters, the Redskins had 215 in the second half.

The Poets had 293 yards, but had three turnovers resulting in 20 Edmondson points. Donnell Baylor rushed for 203 yards for the Poets, scoring their lone touchdown in the second quarter for the game's first score.

"They are explosive and we had to run to keep it out of their hands," said Dunbar coach Ben Eaton. "I thought we were a little more seasoned than we showed."

On their opening possession of the second half, Colbert found McLeod (two catches, 168 yards) running in stride down the right side for an 86-yard score and 20-6 lead with 7: 34 left in the third quarter.

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