Dunston puts City in semis

His 165 yards, TD top Catonsville, 12-7

Class 3A Football

High schools


While Catonsville has the state's leading rusher in Jaren Maybin, No. 11 City showed the Comets yesterday that it has a formidable running back of its own.

Junior Brian Dunston carried 17 times for 165 yards and scored a touchdown to help the Knights beat visiting Catonsville, 12-7, in the Class 3A North regional final. Still, Maybin had a big game of his own, rushing for 231 yards on 46 carries with one touchdown.

"We wanted to show them we have good backs over here, too," Dunston said. "We knew Maybin was the state's leading rusher, and we wanted to show them we were equally talented."

City (11-1) used two big offensive plays and then relied on its defense, led by linebacker Kyle Brooks, for its 10th straight win.

On the second possession of the game, City quarterback Ellis Foster found Sheldon Bell on a swing pass, and Bell raced 67 yards down the sideline for the game's first score. Catonsville came close to answering on the next drive, but Brian Midkiff's pass on fourth-and-12 from the City 30-yard line was intercepted by Joshua Rushing.

Catonsville (9-3) managed to move the ball into City territory several times during the game, but the Knights' defense buckled down and forced a turnover or stopped the Comets on third or fourth down. Brooks led all defenders with seven solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

"Our defense has been playing strong all year, especially when teams get down inside the 20," City coach George Petrides said. "They did the same thing today. We were moving the ball real well in the second half, but then we turned the ball over and that gave [Catonsville] some momentum. But the defense just buckled down again."

The Knights increased their lead to 12-0 with two minutes left in the half on a 60-yard run by Dunston.

Maybin then carried the Comets back into the game. After defensive tackle Adam Swanson recovered a City fumble early in the third, Maybin took the ensuing handoff and ran 50 yards to the Knights' 20-yard line. Five plays later, Maybin ran in for a 1-yard score to cut into City's lead.

But that was the last time Catonsville found the end zone, even though it reached City territory three more times. Maybin finished the season with 2,466 yards and 26 touchdowns on 419 carries.

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