Dunbar, Edmondson remain perfect in City football; battle for Eaton Trophy next (VIDEO HERE!!)


Alphonso Graham (left) scored twice and Dwayne Johnson led the defense as No. 8 Dunbar defeated Digital Harbor in a Baltimore City Division I football contest Thursday afternoon. The Poets play at No. 20 Edmondson next Friday afternoon for first-place and possession of the Ben Eaton Memorial Trophy.

Edmondson High and Dunbar remained perfect in Baltimore City Division I football Thursday, setting the stage for a first-place collision next week.

The No. 8 Poets (6-1 overall) routed Digital Harbor (4-4, 4-2 Division I), 36-0, at Banner Field in Locust Point. Senior Alphonso Graham scored two touchdowns for Dunbar (5-0 Division I), which won its sixth straight decision. The east Baltimore school has outscored its city league foes, 186-41.

“We came out sluggish and probably left 21 pints on the board,” said Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith. “Our defense played tough, but we came out injury free which is more important.”

The Poets established a 22-0 halftime advantage, getting a six-yard touchdown run from Andre Brandon, a 75-yard pass from Jared Lewis to junior Raekwon Walker and Graham’s 60-yard run.

The Orleans Street school added a pair of “pick-sixes,” with Rashad Williams taking an interception back 57 yards and Graham going 65 yards off another. The Poets posted their second shutout on the season.

“We’re pushing each other to be better and competing in practice,” said Graham.

The 20th-ranked Red Storm improved to 5-0 in Division I with a 32-22 victory over Poly (2-5, 1-4 Division) in west Baltimore. Kevin Martin rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns, and Damontaa Johns threw for two scores and ran for another.

Edmondson (6-1) trailed 14-6 at halftime, but touchdown runs from Trejour Owens and Martin, put the Red Storm ahead for good. Johns added second half scoring throws to Malik Taylor and Owens.

The Red Storm welcomes Dunbar next Friday at 3 p.m. for first in Division I and possession of the Ben Eaton Memorial Trophy. The trophy is named after the beloved Poet coach who suffered a fatal heart attack shortly before the start of 2007 season.

Dunbar has won eight of the last 10 decisions.

“We’ve gotten the best of them the last two years and I know they’re [Edmondson] are going to be hungry,” said Smith. “We’re preparing for every game the same way. It’s another speed bump on the way of the goals we’re trying to accomplish.”

No. 16 Mervo, which has won the past three Division I titles, is still alive after getting past Douglass, 7-6, Thursday. The Mustangs, who lost at Dunbar earlier in the season, can gain a share of the city title with victories over Digital Harbor and Edmondson and a loss by Dunbar and Edmondson in their final two matches.

No. 8 Dunbar 36, Digital Harbor 0

at Banner Field

Dunbar 14 8 0 16 – 38

Digital Harbor 0 0 0 0  – 0

First quarter

Brandon 6 run (run failed)

Walker 75 pass from Lewis (Crews run)

Second quarter

Graham 60 interception return (Crews run)

Fourth quarter

Dunbar – Williams 57 interception (Wood run)

Dunbar – Jackson 65 interception return (Brandon run)

N0. 20 Edmondson 32, Poly 22

Poly 8 6 0 8 – 22

Edmondson 6 0 20 6 – 32

Edmondson – Johns 1 run (run failed)

Poly – Hines 10 run (Bethel pass from Harvey)

Second quarter

Poly – Winder 70 interception return (run failed)

Third quarter

Edmondson – Owens 9 run (run failed)

Edmondson – Martin 62 run (Lindsey pass from Johns)

Edmondson – Taylor 35 pass from Johns (run failed)

Fourth quarter

Poly – Winder 11 pass from Harvey (Hines run)

Edmondson – Owens 8 pass from Johns (run failed)