The seniors took a lap around Dunbar High School’s football field. It was the final time the group would step foot on their home turf.
This came after a 20-0 win over Digital Harbor, a game that Dunbar controlled from start to finish.
“It felt real good to be with my seniors,” senior receiver Deon’Tay McManus said. “We’ve been doing this since Day 1. It’s a relief that all of our hard work has paid off.”
The seniors were all smiles as they rounded the final turn on their lap. Coming back to the team, the seniors were greeted first by coach Lawrence Smith. The big win capped off a memorable and nostalgic day for them.
“It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when I came here,” said senior cornerback Terrence Williams.
Williams arrived at Dunbar as a sophomore and has excelled on defense with the Poets. Against Digital Harbor, Williams collected two interceptions. He also had a punt return for a touchdown, but it was called back due to a holding penalty.
McManus has been with the Poets since his freshman season. Like the rest of the team, he’s hoping to end his senior season on top.
“This whole year we’ve been talking about how we were as freshmen and sophomores, and then juniors,” McManus said. “It’s hard to take in as we keep reminiscing. This is my senior year and I’m just trying to win a championship before I leave.”
McManus had a good game against Digital Harbor, catching five passes for 52 yards. In the second half, he and sophomore quarterback William Crest starting clicking.
“At halftime I told William, slow down, take your time and find the open man,” McManus said. “Me, being the playmaker I am, I was out there trying to make plays for my team.”
Crest also threw a 16-yard touchdown to tight end Ernest Hawkins. He finished 8-13 for 94 yards and a score.
Running back Lavar Highsmith ran in a three-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. Linebacker Jamal Johnson intercepted a pass and ran it back 20 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Digital Harbor’s defense was competitive for most of the contest but wasn’t able to sustain any rhythm offensively. Excluding penalties, the Rams were held to just one first down for the contest.
“We’re still optimistic about the season despite this loss to a good Dunbar team,” Digital Harbor coach Keith Rudolph said. “We have to go back, regroup and get the offense together.”
by Jason Butt