City-Poly football game preview

November 04, 2010|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

City (7-2, 5-2 Baltimore City Division I) vs. Poly (6-3, 5-2)

When: Saturday, noon

Where: M&T Bank Stadium

Coaches: George Petrides, City; Roger Wrenn, Poly

Series: Poly 60-55-6

Last meeting: Poly, 26-20, 2009 regular season

Key players to watch:

City — Tre James, Sr., FB/DE (39 tackles, five sacks); Steffin Wilkens, Jr., QB (17-for-33 passing, 148 yards, three TDs; 65 carries for 545 yards, six TDs); Lamar Montgomery, Sr., C/NG (34 tackles); Daquan Smith, Jr., RB (36 carries, 208 yards, six TDs); Tyrell Siler-Moore, Jr., RB (65 carries for 545 yards, six TDs).

Poly — Darrell Milburn, Jr., QB, (thrown for 1,185 yards and eight TDs); Donovan Riley, Jr., WR/DB (36 catches for 660 yards, two punt returns for TDs, five INTs); Gabriel Ali-El, Sr., RB (60 carries for 460 yards, nine TDs); Jamal Chappell, Jr., RB (170 yards rushing, 330 yards receiving, six TDs in the last three weeks); Jordan Garrison, Jr., SE (eight carries, 82 yards).

Keys to victory

City and Poly meet for the 122nd time in a rivalry that Wrenn is quick to point out has been going on longer than Army-Navy. This year, the teams will have Ravens honorary coaches on the sideline — running back Ray Rice for City and safety Ken Hamlin for Poly.

The Engineers will try to make it three wins in a row over City to match the three straight won by the Knights before that. Both teams rely on the running game, but the Engineers, with Milburn, have an added passing dimension. City will have to beware of the misdirection and the pass. The Knights are bigger and James is a force in the backfield as well as on defense.

The Knights have won three straight since dropping back-to-back games to Dunbar and Patterson. Poly is coming off last week's 22-0 loss to Dunbar. Saturday's game has regional playoff implications for Poly, which must win and even then has only a slim chance to move from fifth into one of the four playoff spots in the Class 3A North region. City already has secured a berth in Class 2A North.

Other games to watch:

St. Paul's (6-2, 5-2 MIAA B Conference) at No. 11 Boys' Latin (6-2, 6-1), Friday, 2

No. 4 Broadneck (8-1, 8-1 Anne Arundel County) at No. 5 Old Mill (8-1, 8-1), Friday, 6:30

Havre de Grace (7-2, 5-1 UCBAC Chesapeake Division) at Fallston (8-1, 5-1), Friday, 7

Westminster (5-4, 4-1 Carroll County) at Winters Mill (5-4, 3-2), Friday, 7

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