City handles rival Poly

No. 2 Knights remain unbeaten, face Mervo in regional semifinal

City 44 Poly 8


November 12, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

For one of the few times in his 32 coaching seasons, City's George Petrides knew a pre-game pep talk was unnecessary.

"I could see the intensity in their eyes," Petrides said after yesterday's 44-8 blowout of Poly. "After a hard week of practice, they just wanted to hit somebody besides each other."

The fired-up Knights led 22-0 after the first quarter and 36-0 at halftime of their 118th meeting with Baltimore City Division I rival Poly at M&T Bank Stadium.

Earl Townes rushed for 161 yards and scored two of his three first-half touchdowns in the first quarter. Sophomore Ellis Foster (106 passing yards) rushed for a score, threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Sheldon Waller, and completed three two-point conversion throws. Dominick Roseborough ran for 82 yards and another score as the No. 2 Knights (10-0, 8-0) won for the 20th time in their past 21 games.

Joshua Rushing had an interception, and both James Carmon and Terence Eubanks had sacks as the Knights held the Engineers to 14 yards in the first half (73 for the game). City, which trails the series 58-54-6 against Poly (6-4, 5-3), has outscored its opponents 316-24, with seven shutouts.

City enters next weekend's Class 3A North region semifinals as the defending regional champion, and will host city league rival Mervo.

"We knew we could win big. We could feel it in the air," said Roseborough, whose Knights' 11-2 season of a year ago ended with a Class 3A state semifinal loss at Westminster. "All we had to do was play City College football."

Townes made it 14-0 on consecutive fourth-down scoring runs of 33 and 18 yards, with the former ending a seven-play, 70-yard drive, followed by Foster's two-point conversion pass to Roseborough. Townes' second touchdown was set up by Tim Reed's recovery of a blocked punt at Poly's 28.

Reed's recovery of a fumbled kickoff set up Foster's scoring pass to Waller and a conversion run by Gregory Valentine. Townes then made it 28-0, scoring his final touchdown on a 23-yard run 8:43 before halftime. Roseborough's 39-yard run, followed by Foster's two-point conversion pass to Waller, pushed the lead to 36-0. City had 250 rushing yards behind Carmon, Troy Marable, Chris Hale, Zion Pyatt, William Makell and Jamal Winkler, whose average size is 6 feet 2, 275 pounds.

"This is a special team," said Foster, whose 1-yard run in the fourth quarter accounted for the game's final points. "The only team that can beat us is ourselves."

Poly, which lost to City for the second straight year, ended City's bid for an eighth shutout when Lee Reynolds caught Tyrae Reid's third-quarter, 21-yard scoring pass to make it 36-8.

"We think we improved, but it's hard to tell against a team like City," Poly coach Roger Wrenn said. "They're tough in every phase of the game."

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