Class of the region

varsity football class 1a south final

Poets win sixth straight crown, will face Catoctin in state semifinals

November 23, 2008|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,

In one of its most dominating performances of the season, the third-ranked and No. 1-seeded Dunbar Poets won their sixth straight Class 1A South regional title yesterday, beating W.E.B. Du Bois, 46-0.

The Dunbar defense, led by senior captain Anthony Walters and helped by interceptions from Davon Muse and Christopher Boynton, recorded its third shutout of the season while holding the Panthers to just 79 rushing yards and none passing.

"No one missed any assignments," said Muse, who returned his interception 63 yards for a touchdown. "I thought this would have been a tougher game, but we all did what we had to do."

Dunbar (11-1) advances to the 1A state semifinals. The Poets will play Catoctin on Saturday at Poly at 1 p.m. Catoctin, the fourth seed in 1A North, won the region with its second upset victory, beating No. 2 seed Pikesville, 50-13.

"We came out wanting to play the way we can play," Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith said. "Our defense has been solid since the beginning of our season. ... I told our kids after the game, when you get to this point, everyone is a champion. We've got to keep moving forward."

While the defense was dominating the line of scrimmage when Du Bois (8-3) had the ball, the Dunbar offense did the same when it had possession.

Through the first three quarters, behind the Poets' sturdy, dependable offensive line, quarterback Jonathan Perry handed off to senior running back Tavon Austin for 156 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and completed three of seven passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns to Tevin Brown (17 yards) and Sean Farr, respectively, who made a difficult over-the-shoulder catch for a 2-yard score.

Despite the loss, Du Bois running back Jarrod Carpenter said the playoff run was memorable.

"Dunbar is a well-skilled team, and they played a good game," said Carpenter, who led the Panthers' effort with 60 rushing yards. "But we came in here expecting to have fun. Our talent, at this point, doesn't match theirs. But I'm a senior who has been on varsity for four years. The goal this season was to get a playoff win. We got that last week. It was the first playoff win ever at Du Bois. We made history."

Dunbar linebacker Andre Cudanin was taken to the hospital for X-rays on his right knee and leg.

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