Mervo wins af­ter emo­tional week­end

Mus­tangs top Po­ets, 19-17; Dou­glass blanks Carver

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Kather­ine Dunn Bal­ti­more Sun Me­dia Group re­porter Brian Bur­den con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle. kather­ine.dunn@balt­ twit­

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.

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