Outlook: The 10th ranked Poets look to extend their dominance in the Class 1A South Region. Since the regional format was introduced in 2003, Dunbar (10-1) has won the region every year-a streak of 15 games.
The east Baltimore school extend their shutout streak to six with a 60-0 demolition of Southside Academy in the semifinal round Friday at Mervo. Epe Henriques rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns, including a 80-yard run, and Deontay McManus, Charles Smith, Lavar Highsmith and JaQuan Holt (105 yards rushing) scored offensive touchdowns.
The Poets, who shared the Baltimore City league Division I crown with No. 9 Patterson, intercepted five passes with Leland Lassister (35 yards) and Bryan Martin (75 yards) returned them for touchdowns. Dunbar hasn’t allowed a touchdown in its last 39 quarters.
Forest Park (11-0) used timely defensive plays to keep its unbeaten campaign intact with a 32-14 decision over Forestville from Prince George’s County Saturday at Poly. The Foresters recovered four Forestville fumbles including a 22-yard return by Akeem Randolph, giving the city league Division II champs the lead for good.
Antwon Harmon rushed for 110 yards and two second-half touchdown runs. Andrew Allen tossed a 57-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Chidi Flowers.
It’s the second straight year Forest Park and Dunbar meet for the region crown. The Poets won, 20-0, last year as Evan Pittman threw two touchdown passes including a 17-yarder to McManus. Dunbar’s defense limited the Foresters to 88 yards and three first downs.