High School Football

Behind jelling offensive line, close-knit Dunbar football team pushing for 10th state title

Behind jelling offensive line, close-knit Dunbar football team pushing for 10th state title

To Dunbar linebacker Shaun Tolbert, the Poets are more like family than a football team, and that’s been critical to their drive for a state title.

After losing in the state semifinals last season, the veterans bonded with a lot of newcomers from an undefeated junior varsity team during the summer, setting their sites on playing for the Class 1A title Dec. 2 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. That’s the goal every year in a Dunbar program with nine state titles and more playoff wins than any other team in state tournament history.

The Poets know that playing as a unit is the best way to make that happen. The word “family” comes up in almost every...

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