Bridget sparks Poets rout


November 01, 2008|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,

Dunbar defensive back Courtney Bridget felt he owed his team a big play after he got beat on a pass for 33 yards the first time Edmondson touched the football last night at Poly.

But the Red Storm was held scoreless on that drive deep into Poets territory, and on its next drive, when Edmondson quarterback Jerry Lovelocke attempted a pass into the end zone with 2:04 left in the first quarter, Bridget leaped into the air, snagged the ball and returned it 102 yards for a touchdown. It took the breath from No. 15 Edmondson and began what turned into a 52-20 romp for No. 3 Dunbar.

Poets quarterback Jonathan Perry, who passed for 187 yards and two touchdowns, led the attack, and running back Tavon Austin added 163 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Running back Davon Muse also scored two touchdowns.

Edmondson (6-3) got two touchdowns from Darius Douglas and one from Carroll Washington.

"We just didn't play well," Edmondson coach Dante Jones said.

But Dunbar sure did. "We just wanted to control the line of scrimmage," Poets coach Lawrence Smith said. "We did that, and it helped open holes and control the game."

The win improved Dunbar's record to 8-1 and clinched the Baltimore City championship and the top seed in the postseason. The win also earned the Poets the Ben Eaton Memorial Award, which is presented to the winner of the Dunbar-Edmondson game. This is the second year the trophy, which honors the former Dunbar coach who died suddenly last season, has been awarded.

"We've got to keep that trophy with us because it honors our coach " said Bridget, a senior who is being recruited by a number of Division I schools, including Maryland. "This win was a very big deal for us."

Bridget's interception return wasn't the only big play, but it was perhaps the most spectacular event - aside from the entrance made by Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen.

Friedgen landed near the field in a helicopter with 9:25 left in the second quarter to watch a handful of players from Dunbar and Edmondson.

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