No. 7 Mervo handles Edmondson, takes huge step towards Baltimore City football title; Nelson and Kimborough each accounts for 2 TDs (VIDEO HERE!)
by Derek Toney
Since the opening week, Mervo High football team has faced an undefeated team. And each time, the Mustangs were the spoiler.
Edmondson became the No. 7 Mustangs’ latest victim in a 35-0 decision in a Baltimore City Division I contest in West Baltimore. Sophomore running back Kyle Nelson rushed for two touchdowns for Mervo, and senior quarterback Kelin Kimborough ran for a score and threw for another.
The Mustangs (5-0 overall) built a 21-0 halftime cushion, putting a virtual headlock on the city title at the midway point of the regular season. Mervo, the lone unbeaten in Division I (4-0), last won the city title in 2016.
Mustangs coach Patrick Nixon said his squad put together a solid performance in its first road match of the season.
“We played a really good game on the both sides of the ball…I’m really proud of the guys, how bad they wanted it,” said Nixon. “The focus was there.”
“We knew we were the better team,” said Kimborough. “There was a lot of hype around the game, but we knew what we had up front. The goal was to dominate the line of scrimmage and I feel like we did that.”
The Mustangs rushed for 257 yards Friday as Parker rumbled for 72 yards including scores of 7 and 32 yards. Kimborough finished with a team-best 75 yards and junior Jalen England had a 21-yard touchdown to highlight his 58 yards.
Kimborough said Mervo front, featuring Kamar Missouri, Jermaine Gilliam, Marcus Berry, Justin Mason and Kennedy Johnson, imposed its will.
“We were having problems in prior weeks establishing the run, but this week, they showed what they can do,” said Kimborough. “Pass blocking hasn’t been a problem. but running block they established this week.”
The Hillen Road school went 58 yards in seven plays with Parker finding his way into the end zone from 7 yards. Kimborough threw a strike to Tyree Williams from 11 yards, capping a 50-yard drive that started with England’s 20-yard run, followed by Kimborough’s 13-yard run.
After advancing the ball into Mervo’s territory on two of its first three possessions, Edmondson (4-1, 4-1 Division I) reached the Mustang 28-yard line on its next possession. Red Storm quarterback Treshawn White was intercepted by Mervo junior linebacker Xavier Shell, who returned the ball near midfield.
Six plays later, England broke through a hole and went untouched to the corner of the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown, pushing Mervo’s lead to 21-0 with 45 seconds left before halftime.
“We had the mindset to dominate for four quarters straight,” said Shell.
Nelson opened the second half with a 32-yard touchdown jaunt. Kimborough’s 4-yard run, setup by Daquan Harris’ fumble recovery, started a running clock with 3 minutes, 39 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Mustangs defeated two-time reigning league champ Dunbar in the season opener at Poly to get the upper hand in Division I. Mervo won against Poly (then 1-0) in week 2, followed by Lake Clifton (then 2-0) and City College (then 3-0).
Mervo won’t see another unbeaten team until the Class 3A state playoffs next month. The Mustangs have Douglass (1-3), Patterson (2-2), Southwestern (0-2) and Digital Harbor (1-3) remaining in the regular season.
“I think we got three to four really good games in us,” said Nixon, whose team has outscored the opposition, 162-26. “I think our best football is ahead of us.”
No. 7 Mervo 35, Edmondson 0
Mervo 14 7 14 0 – 35
Edmondson 0 0 0 0 – 0
Mervo – Kyle Nelson 7 run (Kiron Hermon kick)
Mervo – Tyree Williams 11 pass from Kelin Kimborough (Hermon kick)
Mervo – Jalen England 21 run (Hermon kick)
Mervo – Nelson 32 run (Hermon kick)
Mervo – Kimborough 4 run (Hermon kick)