The pregame prediction by both teams indicated a high scoring game as the Baltimore City College Black Knights (7-2) and the No. 11 Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Engineers (8-1) had been posting impressive offensive numbers throughout the 2009 season. However, the 121st installment of the City-Poly annual match up was more about turnovers, defense and the exhilaration of a well-fought overtime victory.


Gabriel Ali
Baltimore Poly


Duana Graham

Baltimore Poly

Duane Graham is a linebacker, fullback, and four-year football letterman for the Poly Engineers. In spite of an early season injury preventing him from playing, Duane has remained a positive role model by serving as an active member in his church youth ministry and a leader in his community. He carries a 3.4 GPA and plans to study civil engineering in college. His parents are Duane Graham and Amanda Simpkins. Air Force Staff Sergeant Rose Marie Ching and Colonel John Feather presented his award.
Joshua Lee

Baltimore City

Joshua N. Lee is a two-year varsity football letterman for Baltimore City, and this season he has started at running back as well as safety. Josh has a 85.3 GPA and has maintained an excellent academic record in a very difficult curriculum. He is also a member of the Baltimore City College Anti-Defamation League. Joining him were his parents, Melvin and Tonya, and Air Force Master Sergeant Christopher Clar. Colonel John Feather presented the award.


At halftime the score was Poly 14 (following their second touchdown the Engineers missed the attempted two (2) point conversion) and City 8. During an extended halftime, the 8,168 energetic and rowdy fans were entertained by impressive and lively productions by both high school marching bands. The City defense stiffened in the second half as Poly was only able to post one additional score - a 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter by sophomore quarterback Darrell Milburn, who came in after Goodson dislocated his right shoulder. This gave Poly the lead 20-14 with a little over three minutes remaining in the game, but it didn't last long. City came back in a flash as quaterback Adrian Coxson made a breathtaking scramble and 92-yard scamper to the endzone, tieing the game 20-20. The Black Knights had a chance to pull ahead, but Coxson (doubling as the kicker) missed the extra point with a wide left attempt.