The Larry Webster era at Poly got off a bad start Saturday. The Engineeers dropped a 38-14 decision to DuVal in a non-league contest in Prince George’s County.
Rundown in P.G.
Shamik Perry rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns for DuVal, which led 24-0 at halftime. The Tigers rolled up 340 rushing yards against Poly, which defeated them, 28-0, in last season’s opener in Baltimore.
The Engineers went 11-1 last season and claimed the Baltimore City Division I league title in Roger Wrenn’s final campaign as Poly coach. Wrenn retired after an illustrious 40-year coaching at Patterson and Poly.
Webster, a Wrenn assistant and a member of the Baltimore Ravens’ 2000 Super Bowl championship team, was selected as new Poly coach in the spring. The Engineers return just one starter from 2011.
The Engineers’ defense which allowed one touchdowns through its first four games last season, was on it heels on the opening drive of 2012. The Tigers went 65 yards in eight plays, capped by Perry’s 20-yard run.
Karee Mines scored from 20 yards out on the Tigers’ next possession, followed by an one-yard score from quarterback Natio Scales. Denzel Sesay’s 24-yard field goal made it 24-0.
Poly got on the board with a 19-yard touchdown run by Stephen Scott followed by Aaron Stanley’s conversion run. Scott, a senior, finished with 79 yards.
Mines answered with an 11-yard run, making it 30-7. Raheem Martin’s one-yard score in the fourth quarter brought Poly to 30-14 before Perry capped his afternoon with a 75-yard touchdown run.
The Engineers will try rebound Friday, opening Division I league play with a home match against Carver Vo-Tech.
DuVal 36, Poly 14
DuVal: Perry 20 run (Sesay kick)
DuVal: Mines 20 run (Sesay kick)
DuVal: Scales 1 run (Sesay kick)
DuVal: Sesay 24 field goal
Poly: Scott 19 run (Stanley run)
DuVal: Mines 11 run (kick missed)
Poly: Martin 1 run (run failed)
DuVal: Perry 75 run (kick blocked)