Things started slowly in this game, but second quarter fireworks by the Dunbar Tigers quickly resolved that as the Tigers rolled over the host Mariner Tritons 58-0 Friday night at Tony McKenna Field.
Mariner's offense had first chance and produced two first downs before punting. Dunbar junior quarterback Daniel Cobb took the handoff and swept around the right end and down the sideline 76 yards. Dunbar elected to try a 2-point conversion, but were stopped short. The rest of the first quarter saw an exchange of possessions and Dunbar had a 6-0 lead at the end of the quarter.
Big plays were the order of the day in the second quarter. This time it was junior tailback Marquis Bryant leading the way. He took the pitch to the left side and broke away from the Tritons defense for a 74 yard score. Daniel Cobb added the pointafter for a 13-0 lead.
The Tigers defense forced a punt. The short kick seemed to roll around for a while before Cobb scooped the ball up and raced down the left sideline, aided by a couple of crushing blocks he went in the end zone untouched. Cobb then added the point after for a 20-0 lead.
Disaster then struck for the Tritons as the kickoff was mishandled and recovered by Dunbar sophomore linebacker Jaylin Mays. Two plays later Cobb struck again, this time with his arm. Rolling to his left, he threw back across the field to senior wide receiver Robert Byrd, who slipped behind the defense and pulled in the 35-yard score. Byrd's 2-pint conversion built a 28-0 cushion.
The Tritons were stifled once again and forced to punt. A short kick and an unsportsmanlike penalty put the ball at the Tritons 35. Following Rasheed Golden's 34-yard run, junior Bob Rice plunged in from a yard away. Cobb quick snapped the ball and dove in to the end zone and the Tigers had a 36-0 lead.
The final score of the first half was as electrifying as any. On the first play following a Mariner punt, Cobb called his own number once more and proceeded to shred the defense cutting back across the field twice before walking into the end zone. Cobb added his own extra-point and a 43-0 halftime lead.
If the home team expected things to be better in the second half, Daniel Cobb quickly let them know it wasn't to be. Cobb fielded the kickoff at his own 19-yard line and was off to the races for an 81-yard touchdown. The point after put Dunbar up by 50.
After fumbling the ensuing kickoff, but recovering at their own 8-yard line, Mariner went in reverse. After consecutive plays resulting in lost yards, cornerback Jaylen White brought down Tritons ballcarrier Brennan Williams in the end zone for a safety and a 52-0 lead. The next play rounded out the scoring as Mariner kicked to the Tigers. This time it was Rasheed Golden on the receiving end and after two quick moves was in the end zone. The kick was missed and the final score was 58-0.
Dunbar improved to 3-2 and play host to Cypress Lake next week. Mariner (0-6) welcomes Golden Gate for homecoming in search of their first win.
Dunbar 6 37 15 0 - 58
Mariner 0 0 0 0 - 0
Dun - Cobb 76 run (pat failed)
Dun - Bryant 74 run (Cobb kick)
Dun - Cobb 63 punt return (Cobb kick)
Dun - Cobb 30 pass from Byrd (Byrd 2 pt conv)
Dun - Rice 1 run (Cobb 2 pt conv)
Dun - Cobb 71 run (Cobb kick)
Dun - Cobb 80 kickoff return (Cobb kick)
Dun - Safety, White
Dun - Golden 61 kickoff return (kick failed)