City solves Austin, Dunbar

Speedy back stymied during second half of comeback victory

City 28 Dunbar 12

Football

October 01, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

City didn't beat No. 7 Dunbar last night at Poly so much as survive speedy sophomore Tavon Austin, who had scored three touchdowns in last year's 24-point blowout of the Knights.

Austin rushed for 106 yards in the first half and helped stake the Poets to a 12-point first-quarter lead in a battle of defending Baltimore City Division I co-champions. But, in the second half the third-ranked Knights held Austin to minus-3 yards, and that was the key to a 28-12 victory before more than 2,500 fans.

City's Brian Dunston rushed for 97 yards and two fourth-quarter scores and Dominick Roseborough had a sack and rushed for a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the third quarter. Senior quarterback Kendall Blackston, subbing for injured starter Ellis Foster, threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Sheldon Waller.

Jonathan McDew had three sacks and a fumble recovery; James Carmon and Earl Townes had one sack each; and Kamarr Gainey recovered a fumble for the Knights (4-0, 3-0), who won for the 14th time in their past 15 games.

"We knew Austin was fast, but we figured he would tire out sooner or later, so we didn't panic," McDew said. "This was very important for our coaches, who said we hadn't beaten them in like five years."

The Poets scored twice in the final 1:54 of the first quarter. Austin's 39-yard run, set up by Maurice Portee's interception, made it 12-0. Dunbar had led 6-0 after quarterback Lawrence Watson's 2-yard run capped a 12-play, 99-yard drive.

At one point in the third quarter, Austin was nearly dragged down in the end zone for a safety but shook the grasp of Carmon and ran to the 12-yard line. The Poets were forced to punt from there.

"First half, everybody was fired up. We were getting blocks and the running backs were hitting the holes," Austin said. "But we played like the game was already over and they came back on us. Our heads got too big."

Dunbar (2-2, 2-1) will play host to No. 10 Edmondson on Friday. The Red Storm (3-1, 2-1) lost to City last week, 16-6.

The victory gives City sole possession of first place.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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