Hardy gets call

City gets 22-8 win

Senior gets to Dunbar for 177 rushing yards, 3 first-half touchdowns


High Schools

October 19, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

It's simple how coach George Petrides of 12th-ranked City decides who is going to be the primary ball carrier in his balanced offense in a particular game. "Just go with whoever seems to be working, and today, Brandon was open on a lot of his gives."

That would be senior Brandon Hardy, a 5-foot-7, 160-pounder who pounded visiting Dunbar in yesterday's 22-8 win, rushing for 177 yards and three first-half touchdowns. As a linebacker, Hardy had four solo tackles in a defense that limited the Poets (5-2) to 99 total offensive yards (21 in the first half) in an interdivisional Baltimore City game.

"We like to spread the ball, but whatever's working, the coach stays with it," said Hardy. "I give it up to my offensive line and just come to play every game. Coach kept giving me the ball and I made plays."

City (7-0) rolled up 232 of its 365 rushing yards in the first half behind a line of Maryland-bound Nathaniel Clayton, Bruce Elsezy, Calvin Carroll, Terrell Lyles, Joshua Edwards, Robert Capers and Daniel Powell, and whose average size is 6-2 and 245 pounds.`The coaches kept us running and kept us conditioned," said the 6-4, 290-pound Clayton. "For a half, we played as perfect a game as we have this year, but we need it in all four quarters."

With eight minutes left in the first period, Hardy's 6-yard run, followed by a conversion run by Antoine Lewis (85 yards), capped a nine-play, 78-yard drive for an 8-0 lead. It was 14-0 with 11:56 left in the first half after Hardy's 1-yard run completed a seven-play, 48-yard march set up by Elsezy's fumble recovery.

For their next score, and a 22-0 lead with 4:53 left in the first half, Hardy's 26-yard run and his subsequent conversion catch from Lamar Manigo finished off a three-play, 71-yard drive. The first play was a 44-yard run by Johan Owens (67 yards) to the Dunbar 27-yard line.

Defensively, City had eight quarterback sacks and, in the second half, twice stopped Dunbar within 10 yards of the goal line. Devin Burton had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery, Durant Cephers had six tackles and three sacks, Elsezy had eight tackles, a fumble recovery and two sacks, and Clayton had four tackles and two sacks. Dante Alexander had five tackles, Sven Waweru recovered a fumble, and Shelton Satterfield had two hurries.

Dunbar finally scored with 11:16 to play, as Eric Valentine ran in from six yards to make it 22-6, and Byron Selby found Herman Hayes on the conversion pass.

"They're an older, more experienced team on the line," said Dunbar coach Ben Eaton. "Our kids are still learning, but I'm happy with where we're at."

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