Dunbar overcomes slow start to beat Polytechnic 67-7

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Fort Worth Dunbar coach Todd Lawson didn’t want to put the idea of a letdown in his team’s head.

But Lawson said he figured the Wildcats might start a little slow Thursday night following last Friday’s 49-44 win over Birdville.

Dunbar’s first quarter was rocky, but it overcame an early 7-0 deficit and cruised to a 67-7 win over Fort Worth Polytechnic at Scarborough-Handley Field.

Polytechnic (0-4, 0-3 District 6-4A) scored on its opening drive of the game. After a Nakkia Cox 1-yard touchdown run for Dunbar (5-0, 3-0), the teams remained tied 7-7 the remainder of the first quarter.

“We were just so flat,” Lawson said. “We can’t afford to do that next week. That’s where we just have to be mentally tough enough to understand that we really have to push our way through it.”

In the second quarter, Dunbar started started its push.

Quarterback La’Quarrian Peoples hit Stepfawn Hughes for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 8:39 left in the half.

Polytechnic fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Dunbar capitalized, with Peoples scoring on the Wildcats’ second play after the turnover.

Hughes later returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown on Polytechnic’s next series, giving the Wildcats a 35-7 halftime lead.

Taylor Martin led Dunbar with 184 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns while Peoples completed 9 of 13 passes for 117 yards.

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