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Poly gains first playoff berth since '98

The Baltimore Sun

Poly football coach Roger Wrenn was not too surprised with how well his Engineers played at No. 7 Edmondson yesterday.

The coach could see it coming in practice this week that his team would do well, but maybe not as well as it did in shocking the defending Class 2A state champion Red Storm, 38-14, to clinch its first playoff berth since 1998.

"I knew we were going to win as soon as we stepped off the bus -- had a great feeling, " said Poly senior running back Lee Reynolds, who ran for 125 yards and his 22nd and 23rd touchdowns. "We had the best practices we have had all season."

Sophomore quarterback Antoine Goodson, who typically plays two quarters while junior Tyrae Reid plays the other two, ran for 125 yards on 14 carries.

With the win, Poly (8-1) clinched a berth in the Class 2A North regional playoffs, while Edmondson is still in contention, the result of receiving a forfeit and going to 7-2 instead of 6-3.

Prince George's County ruled that Friendly, the top-ranked team in The Washington Post, used an ineligible player. Friendly, which was 8-0 -- including a 52-12 season-opening rout of Edmondson -- has to forfeit its first three wins.

Poly, the second seed in 2A North behind No. 10 Eastern Tech (8-0), scored on five of its first six possessions yesterday and rolled up 349 yards rushing.

On defense, the Engineers limited the Red Storm to 65 yards rushing and 153 passing, the last 84 yards in the air coming in the last quarter when the outcome had been determined.

Junior linebackers Michael Wadsworth and Dione Jones had interceptions for Poly and fellow senior linebacker Donnell Brown was all over the field. And junior Arnold Farmer anchored the defensive line.

"I've done this a long time and I don't worry about how we play," Wrenn said.

The Engineers drove 68 yards in 11 plays on their initial possession, with quarterback Reid scoring from the 6, and Reynolds scored on runs of 8 and 1 in the second quarter for a 24-6 lead at the half.

"We just didn't make plays, across the board, " said Red Storm coach Dante Jones, who did not tell his players about the forfeit before the game.

"We had been playing Edmondson football the last couple weeks, but came out flat [today]."


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