On the night he was honored by a game named "The Bob Wade Classic," Wade watched Dunbar - the school he once coached in football and basketball - deliver a 50-8 victory against Baltimore City Division I rival Poly at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field.
Senior Maurice Portee rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns, junior Keith Jones passed for 156 yards and two scores and Tavon Austin caught a 51-yard scoring pass and rushed for 141 yards that included a 96-yard touchdown, as the Poets (4-3, 4-2) erased a five-game winning streak by the Engineers (5-2, 4-1) by ringing up more than 500 yards of offense last night.
Derrick Session had a sack and rushed for two touchdowns, and Kendall Jamison blocked a punt and scored on a 30-yard pass from Jones, a transfer from City who was starting in his second game. Jones replaced Lawrence Watson after the 6-foot-4, 225-pound DeMatha transfer suffered an ankle injury in practice before last week's game.
"Offensively, defensively, they beat us in every aspect of the game," said coach Roger Wrenn, whose Engineers tied the game at 8 on Donnell Brown's 4-yard run in the first quarter. "I thought we were ready to win the big game, and we had our chances. But at clutch moments, we didn't pull through, and things snowballed from there."
Portee's 65-yard run on the game's first play was followed by Worthington's first of two conversion runs for an 8-0 lead. It was 28-8 at halftime after Jones sandwiched scoring passes to Jamison and Austin around Session's 2-yard run.
"Last week, I got an opportunity to play, and tonight, I ran with it," Jones said. "I'm just trying to play a role on this team."
Poly opened the second half by driving to Dunbar's 1-yard line, where a fumble recovery by the Poets' Keon Redhead set up Austin's 96-yard run to make it 36-8. Dunbar's Tevin Brown also recovered a fumble.
"My line and my fullback opened the hole. Then the corner back sprung me," Austin said. "From there, I used my strength, which is my speed."
Dunbar went 10-3 last season, its quest for a fourth state title ending with a 20-18 state semifinal loss at eventual runner-up Snow Hill. The Poets' losses this year were to No. 1 Loyola, No. 3 City and No. 7 Edmondson.
"We've bounced back from those losses," said Portee, who also had a two-point conversion. "We're spreading the ball around, generally being more explosive. When we do that, we can bust a game open like we did tonight."