City smothers Edmondson

Red Storm held scoreless until 4th quarter

City 16 Edmondson 6

Football

Varsity

September 24, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

No. 3 City scored two first-half touchdowns and then held off No. 10 Edmondson, 16-6, in a Baltimore City League Division I game before an overflow crowd of more than 2,500 last night on Poly's newly renovated Sportexe artificial surface.

Nathan Ayers scored on an 18-yard pass from sophomore Ellis Foster in the first quarter for City, and Dominick Roseborough scored on a 4-yard run late in the second quarter.

The victory was the 13th in the past 14 games for the defending champion Knights (3-0, 2-0), whose defense has allowed less than four points per win during that time.

Roseborough and Terrence Eubanks recovered fumbles, James Carmon had two sacks, Earl Townes had one sack and Sheldon Waller and Chris Hale had interceptions for the Knights, who have outscored their opponents 88-6 with two shutouts this season.

The Knights limited the Red Storm (2-1, 1-1) to 27 total yards while building a 16-0 halftime lead. Eubanks' fumble recovery in the end zone was key, ending a potential scoring drive by Edmondson in the third quarter.

"We just let our defense work for us," Roseborough said. "We played under control, kept our heads, moved the ball and were focused on shutting them down."

City took an 8-0 lead with seven seconds left in the first quarter after Foster ended a 13-play, 72-yard drive with his pass to Ayers, followed by Foster's conversion run.

Foster, who left the game with a sprained left ankle after his conversion run, had sustained the drive by rushing for two first downs and also completing a 23-yard pass to Waller to the 18-yard line on third-and-13.

"Ellis showed a lot of poise for a sophomore," said City coach George Petrides, whose Knights face No. 9 Dunbar at Poly on Saturday night. Dunbar won, 30-6, last year.

Roseborough recovered a fumble at the Red Storm 7 and scored his touchdown on fourth down, followed by Brian Dunston's conversion run. The Red Storm finally scored with 7:31 to play on sophomore quarterback Carroll Washington's 9-yard pass to Darrin Johnson.

City was playing on Poly's new surface for the first time. Edmondson, meanwhile, had won its season opener at Poly, 25-18, over four-time state champion Linganore of Frederick County after having trailed 14-0.

Red Storm junior lineman Darius Morris left the game with a rib injury late in the fourth quarter and was removed from the field by an ambulance with four minutes left in the game and taken to Union Memorial Hospital.

"City didn't do anything that we didn't expect, just played their usual tough defense," Edmondson coach Dante Jones said. "We didn't hold up our end. We didn't execute."

Edmondson's Tariq Jones rushed for 107 yards.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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