According to the MPSSAA, Dunbar High is projected to be reclassified from Class 1A to 2A, starting next year.
Forestville’s football team can’t wait. The Prince George’s County school absorbed yet another South Region playoff pounding from the Poets, this time 51-0, at Sugar Cain Field in east Baltimore Friday evening.
Junior quarterback William Crest threw two touchdowns for Dunbar (10-1 overall), and Coleman Blackston rushed for 93 yards. Seven different players scored for the two-time defending Class 1A champions.
Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Sugar Cain Field, Dunbar will play Forest Park for the region crown. Forest Park defeated W.E.B. DuBois in the other South Region semifinal Friday evening. Dunbar has yet to lose a playoff game (19-0) since the state tournament went to a region format in 2003.
If this is the Poets’ 1A swan song, Forestville will be first to hold the proverbial door. Friday marked the Knights’ sixth loss in region play to Dunbar.
Friday was the biggest blowout in the series. The Poets, the Baltimore City Division I champion, scored on their first possession and led, 38-0, at halftime, instituting a running clock.
JaQuan Holt, Oliver Robinson, Jocheim Childs-Bey, Aaron Savage, Jerrell Jenkins and Darius Holmes found the end zone for the Poets. Dunbar’s defense allowed 105 yards Friday, posting its eighth shutout.
Reginald Lewis, which won the city’s Division II crown, saw its season ended in agonizing fashion. Manchester Valley defeated the Falcons, 20-14, in a Class 1A North semifinal at Poly Saturday afternoon.
Dom Frank’s six-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the difference for the Mavericks, who will play New Town Friday evening at Woodlawn. New Town demolished Overlea in the other semifinal Friday evening at Woodlawn.
Trailing 14-13 and facing a fourth-and-24 from its 46, Manchester Valley gambled and converted as Frank connected with Zach Heron for a 33-yard gain. Tyler Cherigo intercepted Lewis quarterback Tayvon Queen, sealing the first playoff victory for the Carroll County school.
Frank had two rushing touchdowns and threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Cherigo. Neal had a touchdown run for Lewis, but his streak of 19 straight 100-yard games was ended. DeQuan Thomas caught a 58-yard score from Queen in the third quarter.