Dunbar routs Poolesville, 46-7

Defending state champs win ninth straight

Snow Hill up next in semis

Class 1A Football

High schools


Poolesville of Montgomery County has absorbed losses to Dunbar that have ended each of its past three seasons.

Dunbar's eight-point win in 2003 was followed by last year's of 20 points. The Falcons' woes continued at Mervo with yesterday's 46-7 Class 1A South regional final rout in the defending state champs' ninth straight win.

Dunbar freshman Tavon Austin rushed for 163 yards and his 18th and 19th touchdowns, including a 97-yarder; senior Quinton Garrus (114 yards) ran for his 10th and 11th scores; and senior Marcus Taylor (4-for-6, 120 yards) threw his 11th and 12th scoring passes to Ashton Tubman and Derrick Session as Dunbar (10-2) earned a berth in Friday night's semifinal at Snow Hill (11-1).

"From our freshmen to our seniors, we used our whole arsenal," said defensive end Yusuf Dorman-El, whose Poets are after their fourth state title.

Dorman-El (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) had two sacks, caused a fumble and knocked down a pass. Keon Redhead had a sack, David Townes recovered a fumble and Delano Johnson knocked down a pass.

Also, Maurice Portee returned his fifth interception of the year 65 yards for a score. Alexander Wilson intercepted his 11th pass, and, like Kendall Jamison, disrupted a pass in the end zone.

Poolesville's Jared Christman (109 rushing yards) entered the game with 1,638 yards and 19 touchdowns, but did not score. Poolesville (9-2) did score with 31 seconds to play when Matt Ray's 7-yard pass found Kevin Campbell.

"It was our best game overall," Poets linebacker Antonio Salter said. "It's another win on the road to the championship."

Next week's other 1A semifinal has Allegany (12-0) playing host to Brunswick (9-3), an earlier, 28-3, loser to Poolesville. The 1A title game takes place a week later at M&T Bank Stadium.

A winner of seven straight since losing, 13-12, to Poolesville, Snow Hill boasts Auburn-bound Ben Tate, regarded as Maryland's top running back recruit. Tate played sparingly against Poolesville after an early injury.

"[Dunbar-Snow Hill] will be a great game," Poolesville coach Larry Hurd said. Referring to Dunbar, he said, "They've got great backs."


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