Poets, Austin trample City

The Baltimore Sun

City was no match for Dunbar at last night's second Bob Wade Classic, as the No. 4 Poets remained unbeaten with a 56-6 romp over the No. 11 Knights at Johns Hopkins University.

"We didn't expect this kind of game," Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith said. "City is a great team, but our kids are really focused week in and week out in honor of [the late] Coach [Ben] Eaton."

Dunbar, the defending Class 1A state champion, avenged last year's 28-12 loss to City. The Poets (4-0) put the game away in the first half, as junior Tavon Austin, whose listed position on the Dunbar roster is "athlete," did it all offensively and defensively.

The Bob Wade Classic honors former Poets who have contributed to the success of Dunbar athletics on and off the field over the years, both players and coaches, such as Tommy Polley and Pete Pompey, who were cited last night.

While he wasn't an honoree last night, Austin could have taken all the hardware.

Austin, The Sun's returning Offensive Player of the Year who has orally committed to Maryland, ran seven times for 85 yards (eight carries for 102 yards total) and three touchdowns in the first half.

Austin also contributed to another score for the Poets when he lateraled to Keon Redhead on a 60-yard play by the duo in the first half as Dunbar went up 34-0.

A 44-yard interception return by Austin set up a 7-yard scoring pass from Jonathan Perry to Sean Farr, and Austin capped the first half with a 20-yard touchdown run. Austin also had a fumble recovery for his all-encompassing night.

"This year was a big payback for last year," Austin said. "Everybody is focused on playing together and working hard."

Redhead and fellow linebackers Kenyon Kinard and Austin led a Dunbar defense that forced six turnovers in the first half, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

The Poets did not allow City (2-2) a first down until the second quarter, and the Knights did not cross midfield until there was 7:30 left in the first half. A 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty put City on the Dunbar 42.

"We wanted this for revenge," Redhead said. "Our defensive coach [Anderson Powell] came up with a great game plan and we just played."

Bright spots for the Knights came in the first half and the start of the second half. City made a goal-line stand midway through the first quarter, but it fumbled the ball back to Dunbar and Austin scored his second touchdown from the 2-yard line.

City started the second half with a 75-yard drive, culminated by Adrian Coxson's 9-yard touchdown pass to Devon Roseborough to give the Knights their only touchdown of the night.

Dunbar answered with a 6-yard touchdown run by Davon Muse and a 15-yard touchdown run by Terrell Lewis that gave the Poets a 48-6 lead.


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