The junior ran 18 times for 128 yards and scored the first two touchdowns to get the No. 6 Poets rolling toward a 39-0 victory over New Town for their third straight Class 1A state football championship. On the first possession of the game, the Poets went 58 yards in less than 3 minutes, with Blackston running for all but 1 yard, and scored on his 26-yard run. His 128 yards — all but one of which came in the first half — equalled New Town's total offense for the game. In the semifinal, the 5-foot-9, 192-pound running back gained 269 yards — 49 more than Brunswick's total offense — in the Poets' 40-8 win. For the season, he ran 206 times for 1,781 yards and 17 touchdowns. Also the catcher on the Poets baseball team, Blackston has a 2.7 GPA and is getting attention from Clemson and Maryland among other football programs.
Others considered: Justin Arn, River Hill, football; Kurk Lee Jr., St. Frances, basketball; Justin Nestor, River Hill, football; Tariq Owens, St. Vincent Pallotti, basketballCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun