Fans from all across Baltimore packed into the Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Fields on Friday night, October 28th , to show their support for one of the oldest football rivalries in the country. Despite the nine rivalry game win streak City held heading into the matchup, the Black Knights played like they had something to prove, extending their streak to a decade worth of wins in a 24-16 victory over the Poly Engineers.
Defense was the name of the game for the first quarter. With their strong emphasis on the rushing attack, the Engineers did everything they could to establish the run and win on the ground. Try as they did, a strong front-7 from City dominated at the line of scrimmage and forced Poly to throw far more. The Knights defense delivered and let the offense control the pace of the game by forcing incompletions left and right.
Quarterback Cameron Williams found wide receiver Vernon Allen in the endzone for a 33-yard touchdown, scoring first in the second quarter. The chemistry between the quarterback and the receiver was on full display through the difficult catch. Williams’ gamble paid off and Allen put six points on the board.
Receiver Jahmari Powell extended the lead later in the second quarter on an impressive turn-and-catch in the back of the endzone. After Poly scored a touchdown in the final minute of the first half, Williams responded and sent the ball back to Powell. With a one-handed leaping grab in the endzone, Powell left the City section roaring and extended the lead in the third quarter, 18-8.
The Engineers kept it close, bringing the score to 18-16 in the third quarter, but that would end their scoring for the night. After a rushing touchdown by Jarrod Mack, the Engineers would not find the endzone again, in no small part due to safety Joshua Felton’s interception late in the fourth quarter. Taking possession for the final time with under two minutes to go, the Knights lined up in victory formation and let the clock roll until time expired, 24-16 Baltimore City College.
After struggling to produce in the first quarter, the Knights found their rhythm on offense and never lost their lead. Defensively, Poly was stymied on the ground and found little success through the air, leading to quick drives and great field position for the offense. Once again, our Black Knights put on a show for homecoming and City’s favorite tradition lives on.