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City College Wins Another Rivalry Series Game

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The game of the weekend had to be Saturday’s showdown between rivals City College and Poly at M&T Bank stadium. With the game being the 129th meeting of the two teams, the game certainly lived up to the hype after a thrilling 22-18 win by the Knights of City College.

The beginning of the game started off as well as City could have imagined taking a 6-0 lead after forcing a turnover on Poly’s first offensive possession to score a touchdown three plays later. With Poly’s next offensive possession, the team driving and in position to score, the Knights defense forced another turnover this time intercepting a deflected pass that was returned 70-yards for a touchdown by linebacker Jemar Burden.

With a quick 12-0 lead the Knights were overjoyed on the sideline and kept the Engineers from creating any offensive gains.  In the second quarter, City’s defense came up big again and  again forcing a safety on Poly after a punt landed Poly at the 2 yl and linebacker Jeremiah Harris sacked Harvey in the end zone.

In total, City’s defense forced four turnovers and accounted for 8 of the teams 14 points, which was lead by defensive end, Malik Hamm. At the end of the half the Knights led the Engineers 14-0 and it didn’t look like Poly had a chance at  much of a comeback.

Well, the Engineers did make a comeback starting with a  52- yard touchdown reception by Tyrese Chambers which was just the start of one of a series of big plays for the wide receiver. He would go on to lead a tremendous comeback, totaling three touchdowns in the second half with the most impressive being a fourth down touchdown reception over three defenders with less than 4 minutes left in the game to give Poly a 18-14 lead.

After the ensuing kick-off that bounced off a City player and into the arms of a Poly player, it seemed like the game was over as long as Poly avoided a turnover. Unfortunately for Poly, a turnover was just what happened to give City an opportunity for another score by none other than Malik Hamm. Hamm came up huge, as he had all game long and stripped Poly running back Daryl Brown of the ball and ran 48-yards into Poly’s 5-yard line. The strip ended up resulting in the game-winning touchdown by running back Michael Bond.

Hamm went on to earn Player of the Game honors after having a hand in three of the five turnovers to secure the 22-18 win for the Knights. City has now won the last six meetings with Poly and brings the all-time series to a record of 62-61-6 with Poly still being on top.

See game day photos here.

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Photos by Brandon Loftin

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