Poets snatch bragging rights from D. Harbor

Undefeated Dunbar rolls on offense

No. 2 Dunbar 30 Digital Harbor 6

Football

November 03, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace | Stefen Lovelace,Sun reporter

Bragging rights in Class 1A South were on the line when No. 2 Dunbar took on Digital Harbor yesterday.

Favored Dunbar came in undefeated and first in the regional standings. The surprising Rams were second in the region and looking to avenge last season's lopsided loss to the Poets.

As it has done all season, host Dunbar racked up yards on offense and rolled to a 30-6 victory.

"The offensive line was motivated," Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith said. "They read the papers and they saw all the hype their defensive ends were getting, and they were fired up all week."

The offensive line opened holes up front, with running back Tavon Austin finishing with 147 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns (one on defense). His most electric run came in the closing seconds of the first quarter.

He burst through a hole and ran toward the left sideline. He made three defenders miss, saw an opening and cut back across field toward the right sideline and into the end zone for a 76-yard score.

"Their defense was kind of complicated," Austin said of the Rams (7-2). "I guess they watched our film. When we went down, they shifted all their big men to the right, but it opened up the middle for the cutback."

Austin's first score was on the defensive side of the ball. Digital Harbor's James Henson took a handoff and was met by Austin at the line of scrimmage. Austin stripped him of the ball and ran 40 yards for the first touchdown of the game. Austin also had a 13-yard reception and two two-point conversions.

The attention on Austin opened up other parts of the offense. Quarterback Jonathan Perry went 9-for-16 for 186 yards and a touchdown.

"They were keying on Tavon the whole game, you could tell," Perry said. "They were trying to man up [on defense] and I'm blessed with some of the best receivers in the city."

Sean Farr was his favorite target, making four catches for 107 yards and a score.

Rams quarterback Gary Brannon finished 7-for-16 for 155 yards and a touchdown, but had three interceptions.

Although the win was big in the division standings, it wasn't a big deal to the Poets, who had beaten the Rams last season, 36-0.

"We don't worry about who we have to play, we're just trying to win a state championship," Smith said. "We really don't care. We're just trying to channel our emotion and have everyone do their job. Whoever's on our schedule, we're ready to play."

stefen.lovelace@baltsun.com

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