One of the things Carlos admires most about his brother is his field vision. He noticed how Tavon, on a punt return, catches the ball then scans the field in the split second it takes to ignite his afterburners.

Smith said Carlos, 5 feet 8, 165 pounds, is still working to read the opposition and make the elusive moves that came instinctually to Tavon.

Carlos' versatility fits well into a Dunbar scheme built around many players. He has three touchdowns this fall — one rushing, one receiving and one on a punt return. In Friday's 13-8 win over No. 14 Edmondson, he recovered a fumble late in the game to set up the No. 8 Poets' game-winning touchdown.

Dunbar's offense is balanced enough that no one has scored more than seven touchdowns this season, and 14 Poets have reached the end zone. Austin said he has no problem sharing the load with other receivers, including Eddie Nelson, Wilbur Young, Oliver Robinson and Marvin Gross. He also gets a few carries in a running game led by Coleman Blackston, JaQuan Holt and Paki Brown.


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"I'm a team person," Carlos said. "I always back my team up. I'm always telling them, 'I got you no matter what.' On defense, we all gang tackle. All of us on offense, if the ball's not in your hands, you're blocking until the whistle blows. We play as a team."

Quarterback William Crest, who leads the Poets with seven touchdowns, confirmed that Carlos is a good teammate, as well as a constant scoring threat.

"He's very humble," Crest said. "He understands his role and what he has to do and when his number is dialed, he's ready to show up. Not a lot of people around Baltimore City know who Carlos is, but when he gets his time to shine, he does. He's very fast and he's shifty and once he gets in the open field, it's a wrap."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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