Dunbar overwhelms No. 18 Edmondson for Eaton Trophy, second straight city football title; Simpson throws 3 TDs (VIDEO HERE!)
by Derek Toney
For its football matchup with Dunbar High Friday, Edmondson brought its band and cheerleaders to Sugar Cain Field.
The Poets just brought the wood. No. 7 Dunbar throttled the 18th-ranked Red Storm, 46-0, in a Division I contest in east Baltimore.
Senior quarterback Lamar Simpson threw three touchdown passes for Dunbar (8-0 overall, 6-0 Division I), and Andre Brandon scored three touchdowns. Derrick Dunn ran for a score and threw for another.
In their biggest decision over their west Baltimore rivals since 2015, the Poets induced a running clock early in the second half to retain the Ben Eaton Trophy, named after the beloved Poet football coach who died suddenly before the start of the 2007 season. Dunbar has won the last four decisions over the Red Storm and 10 of the 12 meetings for the Eaton Trophy.
The win also clinched a second straight Division I crown for the Poets, who finished off previously undefeated and No. 13 Mervo with a late flurry Monday (34-8) in the completion of a Sept. 21 match. The Orleans Street school has won an area-best 20 consecutive decisions.
“We talked all week about what this game means to myself and the program,” said Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith, an assistant under Eaton who assumed the reigns after Eaton’s passing. “I told them about the winning streak which is their motivation and the city championship, we’re playing for three – city, region and states.”
The Poets made the first step in what they hope will be a title trifecta by dominating in the trenches. Dunbar out-gained Edmondson, 409-128.
Dunbar got interceptions from senior defensive backs Doshon Davis and Rashard Williams, en route to its fifth shutout this season. The Poets have allowed 22 points this season.
“We knew it would be a lot of tension. The first five minutes was heated,” said Dunbar junior defensive end/linebacker Deon Crews-Harris. “We wanted to control the line of scrimmage.”
“We wanted to impose our will,” said Smith. “We knew Edmondson was undefeated but we didn’t know if they experienced in this type of dogfight.”
Dunbar had a balance offensive effort (231 passing, 178 rushing) behind its two quarterback system of Simpson and Dunn. Dunn, a sophomore, threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Crews-Harris and scooted 39 yards down the sideline for another score. Simpson completed nine of 12 attempts for 216 yards.
“They each bring something different to the game,” Smith said. “Lamar is a manager of the game and Derrick is more high tempo, he can do a lot with his feet and his arm. It’s hard to adjust to what we try to do.”
“It started a little rough, but I see myself as a mentor because he’s got two years coming up,” said Simpson, who backed up Jared Lewis (now a freshman at Fort Scott CC in Kansas) last season. “I got to help him through the process, learn the plays, the same way Jared helped me last year.”
Dunbar gave Edmondson (8-1, 5-1 Division I) a dissertation Friday. The Poets needed five plays to cover 76 yards on their first drive, capped with Brandon’s five-yard touchdown run. Simpson jolted the drive with a 38-yard completion to Raekwon Walker.
Simpson connected with Brandon (152 total yards) for 37 yards to start Dunbar’s next scoring drive, capped with Brandon’s second touchdown. Dunn entered after Davis’ interception set the Poets up with a short field.
Dunn hit Crews-Harris in the flat and the 5-foot-11, 245-pound fullback rumbled into the end zone for a 20-0 advantage with 5:19 remaining in the first half. On 4th-and-1, Dunn got to the sidelines and galloped into the end zone.
Dunbar led 33-0 at halftime after Simpson and Brandon hooked up for a 23-yard score.
“We just had to go out there and do us,” said Dunn, who rushed for 52 yards. “Everybody’s come together and playing their role.”
Senior Malik McCormick caught a short pass from Simpson and sprinted to the end zone for a 41-yard score, starting the running clock less than two minutes into the second half. Edmondson got Dunbar’s 26 in the final minute, but Williams cleanly separated the ball from Kevin Martin on the game’s last play.
It was a fitting end to a dominating Dunbar performance.
“They just punched us in the mouth from the start. We tried to keep the ball out of their hands,” said Edmondson coach Corey Johnson, whose team was off to its best start since 2014 (9-0). “All 11 guys they put on the field especially defensively attack you. They remind me of Mike Tyson fights back in the day.
We could never really get into the game because some of our guys were like ‘wow.’ We got a wow moment.”
No. 7 Dunbar 46, Edmondson 0
Edmondson 0 0 0 0 – 0
Dunbar 6 27 7 6 – 46
Dunbar – Andre Brandon 5 run (run failed)
Dunbar – Brandon 7 run (Dashawn Heard run)
Dunbar – Deon Crews-Harris 12 pass from Derrick Dunn (pass failed)
Dunbar – Dunn 39 run (pass failed)
Dunbar – Brandon 23 pass from Lamar Simpson (Uriah Kemoh kick)
Dunbar – Malik McCormick 41 pass from Simpson (Kemoh kick)
Dunbar – Kemoh 9 pass from Simpson (kick failed)
Ben Eaton Memorial Game
Dunbar vs. Edmondson
2018: Dunbar 46, Edmondson 0
2017: Dunbar 42, Edmondson 18
2016: Dunbar 26, Edmondson 14
2015: Dunbar 44, Edmondson 12
2014: Edmondson 28, Dunbar 22
2013: Edmondson 14, Dunbar 0
2012: Dunbar 13, Edmondson 8
2011: Dunbar 20, Edmondson 6
2010: Dunbar 16, Edmondson 0
2009: Dunbar 6, Edmondson 0
2008: Dunbar 52, Edmondson 20
2007: Dunbar 49, Edmondson 24