Knights win seventh straight over Engineers to even series


One of the longest running high school football rivalries in the nation renewed for the 130th time, Friday night at Morgan State University’s Hughes Stadium, as City and Poly battled in a soaking rain for bragging rights.

Despite the fact that both squads limped into the contest with 2-7 records, they walked onto the big stage of this rivalry and both had their moments before the Black Knights pulled away for a 32-14 victory. It was City’s seventh straight win in the series, tying the all-time record of both teams at 62-62-6.

Morgan provided a new venue for the game, which had been played at M&T Bank Stadium since 2002.

The weather was definitely a factor in the contest and played havoc with the passing game. Bryan Bagley helped Poly take the early lead with an interception which he returned 16-yards to the City one, setting up a 1-yard touchdown sneak by quarterback Mervyn Thomas-Crawford to give the Engineers an 8-0 lead.

City countered with a touchdown by Andrew Coleman as he recovered a teammate’s fumble in the end zone and then caught a two-point conversion pass to tie the game.

Javanni Plummer gave the Black Knights the lead for good with a 60-yard pick six, in the second quarter, sending City to the half with a 14-8 lead.

Poly mounted a couple of red-zone drives in the second half, but both were thwarted by interceptions from Jordan Burdan and Coleman.

DaMontae Martin, Mike Bond and Baltimore added second half touchdown runs for City to bolster its lead to 32-8, before Poly closed the scoring with a six-yard TD run by Thomas Crawford.