30 points in 1st quarter send Poets on their way

football 1a south semifinal

November 16, 2008|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

By the time a typhoonlike rain swept across Lumsden-Scott Stadium at the start of the fourth quarter yesterday, No. 3 ranked and No. 1 seeded Dunbar had already blown away No. 4 seeded Forestville and was well on its way to a 52-14 victory in the Class 1A South football semifinals.

Dunbar scored a season-high 30 points in the first quarter and was up 52-6 at halftime. Tavon Austin carried the ball four times and scored three touchdowns of 53, 43 and 26 yards while rolling up 149 yards in the first half. And Poets quarterback Jonathan Perry hit Sean Farr for touchdown passes of 81 and 15 yards, Michael McNeil for a 21-yard score and Avery Brisbon with a 44-yard score to complete Dunbar's scoring.

"Anytime Tavon touches the ball, he can score," said Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith, who used his second team throughout the second half. "And Jonathan did a great job. He really picked up his game."

The defending 1A champion will play the winner of last night's game between Reginald Lewis and W.E.B. Du Bois on Saturday in the 1A South Regional final at 1 p.m., again at Poly.

"I didn't expect to give up 30 points in the first quarter," said Forestville coach Charles Harley, whose team came into the game with a 5-5 record. "But Tavon Austin is a tremendous player. He did his job well, and we didn't do ours."

Forestville managed just two touchdowns, one by quarterback Caleb Gaines on a 10-yard run and one with 1:36 to go in the game on a 3-yard run by Rowan Pickett.

Meanwhile, Austin had plenty of help on Dunbar's side of the ball. The Poets' offensive line of Michael Mayo, Antonio Brown, Anthony Watters, Joshua Melton and Devin Clark consistently blew Forestville defenders away, creating running room for Austin and time for Perry.

"Our line beat them all day long," Smith said. "Forestville has a good coach and a good team, but they just don't have the numbers to compete."

Smith, though, had made sure his team would not overlook any foe.

"We played very flat in our last game against Patterson," said Smith, whose team won that game, 26-2. "I told my team, 'You can't go into games looking at other teams' records and expect to win.' We were 14-0 last year, 9-1 going into this game. I told them, 'Everyone is gunning for you.' We had a great week of practice and came out to play today. Now, we're ready to move forward."

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