Austin's huge game spurs Dunbar to win

Running back goes for 344 yards, 4 TDs

No. 4 Dunbar 49 No. 6 Edmondson 24


October 07, 2007|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Sun

Dunbar running back Tavon Austin knew he had something to prove against sixth-ranked Edmondson because he didn't score a touchdown against the Red Storm the previous two seasons.

The junior got his revenge last night by running 25 times for 344 yards and four touchdowns in the No. 4 Poets' 49-24 victory over Edmondson in a battle of defending state champions from Baltimore City in front of more 3,000 people at Poly. The Poets also took home the first Ben Eaton Memorial Award, a trophy both teams agreed to play for each year in honor of the former Poets coach who died just before the season started.

"Our offensive line was the difference because they came out fired up," said Austin, who has already received scholarship offers from Maryland and Boston College. "When they come out fired up, I am going to come out fired up. Edmondson had some tackles, but we practiced hard and played our game."

It was the second game in a row in which Dunbar avenged a loss from last season. The Poets defeated City, 56-6, last week. Edmondson beat Dunbar, 12-0, last year but couldn't match the Poets' firepower last night.

The Poets (5-0 overall, 4-0 conference) scored on their opening three possessions of the first quarter on touchdown runs from Austin that covered 10, 54 and 14 yards. Austin also scored on a 51-yard run in the third quarter. The Poets' fourth touchdown came on a 3-yard run from Davon Muse that increased their lead to 30-6 with 9:43 left in the first half.

At the end of the first half, Austin had 218 yards on 16 carries.

Despite Austin's dominance, Edmondson refused to quit. The Red Storm (3-2, 3-1) scored on two touchdown runs from Jamal Fields (13 carries, 136 yards), a 30-yard pass from Carroll Washington Jr. to Darrius Douglas and a 2-yard run by Devin Carpenter.

Tevin Brown had two interceptions for the Poets. Quarterback Jonathan Perry also had a 1-yard touchdown and Terrell Lewis had a 25-yard touchdown run and two fumble recoveries.

Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith said this is a season in which his team is out to settle some scores.

"We knew this was going to be a good game and that we would have to play a perfect game to beat them, and we came out victorious," Smith said. "We are getting better."

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