Mervo wins after emotional weekend
Mustangs top Poets, 19-17; Douglass blanks Carver
Heading into Monday’s game against No. 12 Dunbar, Mervo’s football players had been through an emotional weekend. One of their junior varsity players had been shot and was fighting for his life.
Coach Patrick Nixon said the player, whom he did not name, appears to be getting better, although he will need surgery on his jaw.
“It was very scary for a while because we didn’t know if he was going to make it,” Nixon said. “It was very emotional. Half our guys were really, really down. You could tell a lot of them hadn’t been sleeping, they were crying or up late, so a lot of emotions going on.”
They made a lot of mistakes, but the Mustangs took advantage of Dunbar’s final error, an unsuccessful fake punt with four minutes to go. They drove 65 yards and won, 19-17, on Rakim Lemon’s short run with 17 seconds left in the Baltimore City Division I game.
The Mustangs (1-1) have defeated Dunbar (0-2) three straight years, and Mervo coach Patrick Nixon said he doesn’t recall when that might have happened before. It’s been more than a decade.
The Poets, who scored twice off Mervo fumbles and earned a safety after a snap over the quarterback’s head, led 17-13 with about four minutes to go. At about the Mervo 40-yard line and facing fourth down, they faked the punt but didn’t pick up the first down.
Mervo took over at its own 25-yard line and drove downfield, where Lemon scored from about a yard and a half out.
“We noticed they were getting worn down on the defensive line and we picked up the pace and just kept running the ball ... and they cracked and we got it in on fourth down,” Nixon said.
It was the second touchdown of the day for Lemon, a senior running back and cornerback who ran for roughly 60 yards and had several big plays on defense. He scored the first touchdown of the game on a fumble recovery and also had several pass breakups.
Backup quarterback Tavon Banks also scored a rushing touchdown.
DOUGLASS 35, CARVER 0: Despite a new coach and considerable turnover in personnel, the Ducks continued their winning ways.
New coach Alonzo Lee has guided Douglass to two straight wins, including Monday’s win over the host Wildcats (1-2). The Ducks (2-0) haven’t give up a point, defeating Woodlawn, 28-0, in Week1.
“It feels great to get off to a good start,” Lee said. “We’ve had to make some adjustments, but the guys are really buying into the system right now.”
Douglass, which plays in Baltimore City’s Division I, picked up its first division win of the season.
Quarterback Ke’Andre Coale-Robinson ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more. He hit Malik Holloway and Deangelo Jackson for the two scores. Damion Gray ran for Douglass’ other touchdown.
MEADE 33, CHESAPEAKE-AA 7: Londell Montgomery and Deron “Nu Nu” Whitley combined for 197 yards rushing and three scores to lead the Mustangs (1-1) to victory over the visiting Cougars (1-1).
Montgomery had 101 yards and a touchdown on just three carries, while Whitley had 96 yards on 10 carries, including a 32-yard score.