2013-10-13 13:18:29 - Game winning drive by William Crest, in a SEN classic Dunbar over City
Dunbar 8 6 0 14 — 28
City 8 0 6 12 — 26
“You’re absolutely right, Wes. This is another SEN classic,” SEN Analyst Darnell Dixon told fellow Analysts Wes Fox and Siraj Hashmi with 1:31 left in the fourth quarter of Dunbar vs. Baltimore City College in Baltimore, MD.
That just about summed up the tight, back-and-forth contest between Dunbar and City that had all the makings of a mud bowl were it not for a durable football field.
Down by four with just over a minute left in the fourth, Dunbar had one last shot to get in the end zone when a field goal wouldn’t have been enough even to tie up the score. On a do-or-die fourth down deep
in City territory with 12 seconds left, Dunbar quarterback William Crest saw no options downfield and decided to make a run for it.
As the pocket collapsed all around him, Crest shook one defender and burst out on the left side, desperate to get out of bounds to stop the clock, at the very least get a first down, and create one final opportunity for his team to win.
Crest ended up getting out of bounds, but not before hitting the pylon for the game-winning touchdown, putting Dunbar ahead for a final score of 28-26.
“William Crest there, he took a couple of seconds to scan the field. I don’t know if he saw the left side of the field was open but he went off to the races, used every bit of that 6’3 frame and that wide wingspan to get the pylon,” SEN Analyst Wes Fox said following Crest’s game winner.
It was not always bleak for City, who came out strong in the first quarter after Shamar Williams returned Dunbar’s opening kick all the way to inside the ten yard line, prompting a touchdown run by City’s Tayshawn Mayo.
Both teams proceeded to exchange scores throughout the game, with Dunbar being the final team to cash in.
SEN Analyst Siraj Hashmi said City’s strong point throughout the game was on special teams, which would have been the focal point had it not been for Dunbar’s come-from behind win.
“If City won this game I would’ve said this game came down to special teams,” Hashmi said during the SEN postgame show.
“Because that was really the thing going in their favor. They had two recovered onside kicks. The opening kickoff that City returned, and going down to the one-yard line. And they ended up scoring on the ensuing play. However, this game really came down to a game of discipline and stamina.”
City – who was handed its first loss of the season and hasn’t beaten Dunbar since 2006 – will head to Mergenthaler Vo-Tech . Dunbar (5-1) will stick around in Baltimore to face Poly.
Pat Burke, SEN Journalist