Dunbar tops Fort Hill, 30-26, for school's 10th football state championship

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BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF)--- Order has been restored in the MPSSAA High School Football State Championships. Dunbar high school is back on top.

The Baltimore City public school just won it's 10th state title after a 30-26 win over Fort Hill in 1A.

The Sentinels were going for a state-record fifth consecutive championship, but Fort Hill's run ends at four straight.

Dunbar had not won a state championship in football in five years, and the Poets made their first appearance in a championship game since 2014.

Athlete Andre Brandon broke the first play from scrimmage for a 68-yard touchdown to start the game. Dunbar won the toss and elected to take the ball. Head coach Lawrence Smith told Fox45's Morgan Adsit that was his plan all along earlier in the week. Smith believed his team could win in a shootout if the Poets scored first.

Defensive back Rashad Williams made an interception with just over two minutes left to stop any comeback attempt by Fort Hill late in the fourth quarter from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD.

Dunbar's a champion tonight because of their big plays on offense. Quarterback Jared Lewis threw touchdown passes of 63, 60 and 87-yards. All three to different receivers. His connection to Ryan Wood in the third quarter was the final go-ahead score by Dunbar late in the third.

The Poets set a new high school playoff record for the state of Maryland with a program best 56 postseason wins.

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