by Alec Parker for Walkersville High School Lion’s Pride
Dunbar High School is located in Baltimore, Maryland. Their team mascot is the Poets, and their team colors are maroon, and gold. This season Dunbar is 9-3 going in to play Walkersville who is 12-0. This semi-final game will be the third year in a row for Dunbar.
Dubar is a pass attack team, Their junior quarterback Jared Lewis is 6’3” 210lb, and has passed for 111 for 177, 2094 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, six interceptions, with a 129.1 passer rating. Lewis also has 39 carries, 291 rushing yards, seven and half yards per rush, and three rushing touchdowns.
Lewis favorite target would have to be sophomore receiver number 13 Melvin Curbeam, who is 5’7” 155lb. This season Curbeam has 15 receptions, 389 receiving yards, and eight receiving touchdowns. His best game would have to be against City College where Curbeam had eight receptions, 243 receiving yards, and three touchdowns. He also had a big game last week against Hereford, where he had two catches for 82 yards, and two touchdowns.
Other big players for Dunbar are junior wide receiver Ryan Wood who has 12 catches, with five touchdowns, and 282 receiving yards. Another player is the senior running back Da’Shawn Darien who is 5’10” 185lb, and has 12 rushing touchdowns. Darien has two three rushing touchdown games against Edmondson-Westside, and Car-Vo Tech. Some defensive players that have made an impact are Zaywon Johnson who has six interceptions for 254 interception yards. Last week against Hereford Johnson had one interception for 105 interception yards, and one defensive touchdown. The final defensive player is senior Avery Thuman who has three blocked punts this season.
Dunbar’s biggest flaw this season would come on that they are 28 for 45 on extra points this season, which is a 60% success rate. They have a sophomore kicker who is one for one on field goals, and that one field goal was a 22 yarder.
This year Dunbar had a rough start with a 0-2 start with losses to a 3-7 Gilliam team 21-2, and to Mergenthaler Vo-Tech who is 9-3 19-17. After those two losses Dubar picked up the pace with four straight wins over Patterson 33-0, Poly 52-12, Boys Latin 12-3, and Edmondson-Westside 26-14. Then came their third loss to City College 20-19. Now Dunbar is on a five game win streak where they have defeated Carver Vo-Tech 45-0, Digital Harbor 28-14, Douglass 27-13, first round in the playoffs Dunbar defeated Randallstown 48-0. And last week Dunbar defeated an undefeated team in Hereford 60-14.
Last year Dunbar had made to this point, and were 9-2, and lost to Patuxent 17-8 in semi-finals. Last year Dunbar were definite contenders to make to the championship. The year before that Dunbar played in the championship game against Douglass, and lost 38-0; but again Dunbar was in the hunt for the championship. The Dunbar team this year will be a tough one, but they have a huge roadblock in front of them with another undefeated team in Walkersville. This could be considered a tough test in the playoffs for Dunbar, especially since this would be their third road game in a row.
“Their team is a bunch of athletes. They play with open space and make great plays.” said junior Jacob Wetzel
“There are very athletic. They can’t block down field, but they make great plays. Can scramble out of the pocket and make something out of nothing.” said sophomore Myles Roberts
“They will be a tough opponent. It will be the hardest, but we will plan for them.” said senior Byran Johnson
Dunbar will be a tough opponent for Walkersville. The game will be this Friday at 7pm.