By Keith Mills
The last time Archbishop Spalding lost a football game was Oct. 17, 2005. Boys' Latin beat the Cavaliers that day, but Spalding avenged the loss a little more than a month later when it beat BL, 35-10, to win its first MIAA 'B' Conference championship.
Coach Mike Whittles and the Cavaliers will put their 14-game winning streak on the line Friday night when they play Cardinal Gibbons in the 'B' Conference title game.
The Cavs are 10-0, including a 13-0 win over Gibbons in mid-October and an electrifying 47-40 win over Dunbar of on Sept. 8 -- one of the most exciting games ever in local high school football.
Since losing to Spalding, 13-0, on Oct. 13, the Crusaders have won three straight games, including an impressive 36-13 win over Boys' Latin. Cardinal Gibbons' only other loss this year was to Mount St. Joseph of the MIAA 'A' Conference.
Both Gibbons and Spalding are led by dominant two-way players: Keiro Small (Gibbons) and Jake Trantin (Spalding). Trantin is a 6-foot-2 running back/linebacker who has scored 12 touchdowns this fall, rushed for over 1,000 yards and dominated games on defense.
Small is also a running back/linebacker. He's 6-foot-1, 225 pounds and has rushed for 900 yards and 10 touchdowns, despite a broken hand that limited his play midway through the season. In the game against Boys' Latin Small rushed for 185 yards. Small and Trantin are both averaging eight yards a carry.
By Joe DiBlasi
The oldest high school rivalry in the country will be on display Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium as City and Poly will do battle on the football field for the 118th consecutive year.
Unbeaten City (9-0) is heavily favored, having outscored its opponents 272-18. Of City's nine wins, seven have been shutouts. Dunbar and Edmondson are the only teams to reach the end zone on the Knights this season.
Coach George Petrides' Black Knights are led by on offense by Earl Townes and Dominick Roseborough.
Coach Roger Wrenn, who amassed 237 victories in 37 seasons at Patterson, is in his first year at the helm of the Poly Engineers. The Engineers (6-3) are coming off a 44-20 loss to Edmondson. Poly's top player, running back Lee Reynolds, has rushed for 660 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. The tough City defense will need to key in on Reynolds.
The Knights have won 18 of their last 19 games, and they lead Division I of the MPSSAA. With Edmondson only one game behind, City needs a victory to capture the division title.
The largest margin of victory ever in a City-Poly game occurred in 1965, when City won 52-6. Former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke was the City quarterback that day.
Poly's Lumsden-Scott Stadium
This season, all 18 Baltimore City Public Schools will play at least one game at the new football complex at Polytechnic, which includes new turf and lights donated by the Baltimore Ravens.
RAVENS NIGHT LIGHTS
On tap this week:
Friday Nov. 10
Patterson vs. Dunbar -- 7 p.m.
Saturday Nov. 11
Digital Harbor vs. W.E.B. Dubois -- 1 p.m.
Carver vs. Douglass -- 7 p.m.
Issue 1.29: November 9, 2006