The historic rivalry between the Baltimore City Black Knights and the Baltimore Poly Engineers is set to captivate Hughes Memorial Stadium on October 28th. Known as the Rivalry Classic, this showdown marks the 129th meeting between these two iconic programs. As part of the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, this game holds special significance for fans and players alike.

Hughes Memorial Stadium is bracing for an electric atmosphere as a crowd of 10,000 passionate fans gathers to witness the intensity of the Baltimore City vs Baltimore Poly rivalry. Rick Ford, founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, expressed his excitement, stating, “The Baltimore City vs Baltimore Poly matchup epitomizes the enduring spirit and tradition of high school football rivalries. It’s an honor to showcase this game in our 20th season.”

In last year’s clash, the Baltimore City Black Knights emerged victorious, extending their winning streak against Baltimore Poly to an impressive 12 consecutive victories. However, the game took an unexpected turn as a heated altercation between the coaches resulted in a tie. Despite the controversial ending, both teams displayed admirable sportsmanship, serving as a testament to the mutual respect that permeates this rivalry.

This matchup holds historical significance as it dates back to 1889, the same year the renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital opened its doors in Baltimore. The intertwining history of this rivalry and the growth of the city adds an extra layer of nostalgia and tradition to the game.

As the Baltimore Poly Engineers face off against the Baltimore City Black Knights, the stage is set for a fierce battle that will leave no stone unturned. The intensity of this rivalry is unmatched, and both teams will be hungry for victory. Brace yourself for a clash that embodies the essence of high school football, because when it comes to the Baltimore City vs Baltimore Poly rivalry, We Know Friday Nights.


Nicholas Cyrus
Baltimore City


Christian Leith

Baltimore Poly

Christian is a dedicated student on and off the field. Not only does he command the gridiron, he also dominates on the wrestling mat, being a part of the City championship team. Christian exemplifies the perfect balance between athletic excellence and academic ambition, making him standout in the classroom and in sports. After high school, Christian wants to study business and is wanting to go to West Virginia.
Quentin Malloy

Baltimore City

Quentin is a two sport athlete and began playing City football his sophomore year. Not only using his athletic ability on the football field, he is on the varsity wrestling team. He has been a part of the MERIT Leadership academy where he has explored opportunities in the health field. After high school, Quentin hopes to attend a Historically Black College or University. Quentin acknowledges that all of this is possible with the love and supports of his parents, teachers, and coaches.


On this Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, The Baltimore Poly Engineers met the Baltimore City Knights for an unmatchable rivalry game. The first half was all Balt City starting the game with the ball and a short kick, with a few broken tackles giving them the ball on the 42nd yard line. A false start and a delay of game pushes the Engineers back to 1st and 20 on their first possession before they have snapped the ball. A 40 yard punt return for the Knights is called back due to a holding call. City will hold the ball on their own 26. With a toe touching grab by #4 Julius Dorsey gives City the ball on the 5 yard line! Then, a one handed catch for #1 gives City the first points of the game and the 2 point conversion was good, 8-0 City in the first quarter. A 8 yard run for the Engineer’s RB turns into a fumble with The Knights recovering giving them the ball back with 7:02 left in the 1st. Then it was another touchdown for City, 14-0 on the board, with 6:14 to go in the first. With lots of back and forth most of the first half, The Knights hit a 73 yard touchdown with 4:11 to go before halftime. The crowd was going wild and the energy was electric! Entering halftime 30-0, Knights leading. The second half started with three back to back false start pushes with City to a 3rd and 25. A bad snap over the QB’s head with a recovery by the Engineers gives them the ball on the 45 yard line. City is driving down the field late in the 3rd quarter with 3:05 left and they still lead 30-0. The Engineers #2 with the interception and pick 6 the length of the field putting them on the board! Then, another touchdown for City in the 4th quarter and the 2 point conversion is good, 38-6, Knights run the board. The Engineers put up a tough fight, but with a final touchdown by The Knights, there was a running clock the rest of the game to end with a final score of 44-6 Knights.