Alan Carr scored his 12th touchdown of the season from 6 yards in the second period, and the Lake Clifton defense made it stand up for a 6-0 upset victory over visiting 12th-ranked Dunbar yesterday in a battle of playoff-seeking Baltimore City East Division teams.
The win was the Lakers' (6-2, 3-1) fifth straight, their fourth via shutout, and snapped a four-game winning streak of the Poets (6-2, 3-1).
Dunbar was coming off a 36-32 upset victory last week over then-No. 7 Patterson (6-1, 3-1), ending a 16-game winning streak against city opponents for the defending league champions.
There was as much defense action yesterday as their was offensive in last week's high-scoring affair between Dunbar and Patterson.
Dunbar's defense, led by Darry Dorsey with an interception and a fumble recovery, thwarted Lake Clifton's offense at the Poets' 24 and 7 in the first half. The Poets also stopped the Lakers' Robert Warren on fourth-and-one at Dunbar's 5 late in the third quarter.
But it was Lake Clifton's defense that stood tallest, led by 6-foot, 240-pound Division I linebacker prospect Clifton Bowers (15 tackles) and nose guard Rashad Barrett (seven tackles). Defensive back Greg Jones had 10 solo tackles and two fumble recoveries, and Rick Burton, a fumble recovery and an interception.
Carr, whose uncle, Dahnel Singfield (now at the University of Buffalo) played one of the Poets' two state championship teams in 1995, capped a four-play, 15-yard scoring drive with his off-tackle sprint with 6: 48 left in the half.
The drive was aided by a 15-yard face mask penalty during a return by Jones after a Dunbar punt.
The Poets averaged 30 points entering the game yesterday, but ran into a Lake Clifton defense that has allowed only 40 points (or five points a game) this season.
The Lakers can secure at least a share of the city league title, along with a Class 4A playoff berth, with wins in their remaining two games, which includes a season finale against Patterson.