Maryland Class 1A State Championship
December 3, 2011
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
- This game was a lot closer than the score. Perryville led 11-8 going into halftime, and trailed by only five points throughout the second half, until Dunbar scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes.
- Dunbar’s Deontay McManus, a West Virginia commit, was held in check all game until he scored a 29-yard rushing touchdown with about two minutes remaining. The touchdown gave the Poets a 24-11 lead, and put the game out of Perryville reach.
- Perryville halfback Ethan Griffin put on a great performance, accumulating 184 total yards (88 rush, 63 receiving, 33 return) for the Panthers.
- The title is Dunbar’s second in a row, and their sixth in the last eight years.
|Dunbar||Charles Brown Jr.||7||45||1||6.4|
|Dunbar||Eddie Nelson Jr.||1||N/A|
P- Morgan 30 field goal
D- Williams 2 run (Hawkins pass from Crest)
P- Matthews 45 pass from Sherrod (Griffin run)
D- C. Brown 25 run (Nelson pass from Crest)
D- McManus 29 run (McManus run)
D- P. Brown 13 run (Blackston run)
While it didn’t quite reach the levels that last night’s 4A game did, this turned out to be a close, entertaining contest. Perryville was considered a massive underdog coming into the game, but managed to outplay Dunbar in the first half, and the Panthers never trailed by more than five points until two minutes remained in the fourth quarter.
Deontay McManus is a stud for Dunbar, and although he had a lot of trouble getting going, he made some big plays, with none bigger than the 29-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion that put Dunbar in the clear. The play was a result of great blocking and clever playcalling, and it exemplified Dunbar at their finest. I do think that the Poets’ size advantage really wore down Perryville, and the two easy touchdowns in the final two minutes showed that.
Perryville showed a lot of guts with their performance, and with several top players returning next season, the Panthers probably already have their sights set on a re-match with Dunbar in the state finals.