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Dunbar Poets Football Back on Top Again



The Dunbar Poets football turned out a 30-26 victory over the 4X reigning Fort Hill, Sentinels in the 1A State Championship on Saturday at Navy Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis.  The Poets, having won 9 previous state titles had not seen a finals game since 2014 and were looking to reclaim their glory as a championship caliber team.

The Poets held a dominating season with a 12-1 record shutting out Reginald Lewis 42-0 and Chesapeake  48-0, on their route to the finals were they finished with a 52-27 win over Havre de Grace, (11-2).

Their team chemistry and ability to strike early has helped to build the momentum that was undeniable in their state finals appearance.  From the start of game, the Poets led with a 68 yd touchdown from senior, quarterback Jared Lewis to Brandon who broke through the Sentinals defense within the first 2 minutes of the game.  Following the score, the Poets lined up to convert for 2pts and Lewis threw in a pass to Jackson  to take an early 8-0 lead.

Fort Hill recovered with a play of its own, tying the game on its first possession when quarterback Logan James connected with Brayeden Polyen for a 21 yd  touchdown and followed by a 2 pt conversion pass to Blake Beal with a little over 6 minutes left in the quarter.

The Poets took the lead again on a 60 yd pass from Lewis converting another 2 pts to go up 16-8, on their next drive and the game continued to go back and forth until the Poets defensively changed their momentum in the second half to keep the Sentinels from scoring.

Following the half the Sentinels were stung by the defensive strength of the Poets and failed to score but did maintain a 26-22 lead  going into the half.

Dunbar, finished the game with another completed pass from Quarterback, Jared Lewis connecting to Ryan wood in late in the 3rd quarter to go up 30-26 and seal the win for the Poets.  At the helm of the win, Lewis threw touchdown passes of 63, 60 and 87-yards to all different receivers to set a new high school record for the Poets with 56 post-season wins.

See game day photos here!

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Photos by Brandon Loftin






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