Poly rises for coach, puts down Edmondson

Engineers cruise, 28-8, as Walker, Wilkins lead Knox to 3rd straight win

Football

High Schools

October 04, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Poly coach Anthony Knox was going against Pete Pompey, his boss when he was an assistant at Edmondson, for the first time. Knox's running back, senior Jasmond Walker, was playing on an injured left thigh. And his quarterback, junior Dan Wilkins, was starting only his third game.

But the shortcomings of the visiting Engineers became strengths yesterday.

Walker rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and Wilkins passed for 117 yards and a 12-yard touchdown to Alimayo Wilder to defeat No. 6 Edmondson, 28-8, and give Knox a win over Pompey, the man who recommended him for his current job.

Senior Shanorm Young returned an interception 7 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble to lead a defense that ended a 15-game winning streak by the Red Storm (4-1 overall, 1-1 Baltimore City).

Wilder and Tyrell Smith each registered a sack, and Praedian Montgomery and Wilder and Max-Pierre Carter recovered fumbles for the Engineers (3-2, 1-1), who won their third straight game after an 0-2 start.

"I went over and told Coach Pompey that I loved him because that's my man," said Knox, who coached four years at Randallstown before coming to Poly this season.

Knox also said he wanted Edmondson "to choose their poison."

"If they went with an eight-man front, we were going to throw on them," he said. "If they came with a seven-man front, we were going to run."

The Red Storm scored only after the Engineers had built a 22-0 lead, as Travis Oliver found All-Metro player Mark Hicks on the end of a 10-yard pass in the fourth quarter. Omari Garnett ran for the two-point conversion to make the score 22-8. But just as it seemed the Engineers had lost momentum, Montgomery recovered a muffed punt and Walker scored on a 21-yard run on the next play.

"My leg was hurting pretty bad from a deep thigh bruise, and I couldn't really plant on it," Walker said. "But I knew this game meant so much to Coach Knox, and I didn't want to miss it."

Young said Poly's victory made up for a 40-0 blowout loss to Edmondson a year ago.

"This was personal," said Young, who scored on the conversion run after Walker's first touchdown run of 32 yards.

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