The Dunbar football team turned in a complete performance and overwhelmed Poly on Friday night.
The Poets had five touchdowns on offense while the special teams and defense each added another score. The defense dominated the host Engineers for long stretches with its various blitzes, a big reason Dunbar scored 36 points in the first 15 minutes and rolled to a 48-20 victory in the Ravens RISE High School Football Showdown.
The Poets (7-2) ran for four touchdowns, led by two from Richard Williams (13 and 2 yards), and backup quarterback Khalil Whitfield threw for another, to Jamar Cannon. Malik Morris scored on a 46-yard punt return, and Ivan Lomax returned an interception 40 yards for a third-quarter touchdown.
That's why Dunbar jumped to a 28-0 lead one minute into the second quarter and never had much trouble afterward. But the Poets also helped their cause with a variety of blitzes that constantly disrupted Poly quarterback Antoine Guy and his offense.
"We wanted to keep pressure on the quarterback," Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith said. "We wanted to knock them off their spots and make it hard for them to move on [offense]."
Dae'lun Darien helped on offense at wide receiver by catching two 2-point conversions from starting quarterback Darius Jones-Clark. But Darien also played defensive end and liked how the blitzes wreaked havoc.
"That made the quarterback rush to pass the ball," he said.
It also disrupted the whole offense, especially in the first half, when the Engineers had 10 plays for negative yardage. Dunbar also had three sacks and an interception before easing up on the blitzing in the second half.
In the first half, the Poets did not need much time to take command. They scored on their first drive when Da'Shawn Darien ran for a 7-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead.
The Engineers got their best drive late in the second quarter, a 12-play march that ended with Guy scrambling through traffic for an 8-yard touchdown. Rashaad Robinson ran for the conversion that cut Dunbar's halftime lead to 36-14.
Guy hung in under the pressure and threw two touchdowns for Poly's other scores. He hit Garland White with a 57-yard scoring pass in the second quarter and threw a 40-yard strike to Bryant Brown late but the Engineers couldn't put it all together often enough.
"We just didn't execute," Poly coach Dwayne Green said. "The game is won on execution and consistency."