Steven Savoy, the starting quarterback at Carroll High School last season, transferred to Dunbar and already has helped lead the Crimson Tide to the D.C. summer passing league championship game -- without completing a pass.
Instead, Savoy is starting at wide receiver after asking Dunbar Coach Craig Jefferies to move him to that position. Savoy will start at wide receiver tonight at 5:30, when Dunbar meets Wilson in the championship game at Eastern High.
"Steven has great hands, the best hands on our team," Jefferies said. "And he is one of our fastest players. He thought he had a better chance with colleges if he played wide receiver, and we were happy to try him there. He said he transferred to try something different and we are happy he decided to come here."
Savoy is the cousin of Carroll All-Met and former University of Colorado wide receiver Phil Savoy. His arrival should help offset the graduations of Dunbar All-Met quarterback Lee Baker (signed with Virginia Tech) and wide receiver Reginald Robinson, who had 60 receptions last season and will attempt to make the team at Texas-El Paso.
The Crimson Tide should have running backs James Lynch (1,200 yards rushing last season), Jerome Bowling (700 yards) and Marcus Wimbush (500 yards) back, as well as four starting offensive linemen.
"We knew we would have a good running game, but Savoy and [wide receiver Octavious] Williams have really given other teams trouble," Jefferies said. "When they line up on opposite sides of the field, you can hear the defense getting confused about which receiver they should double-cover."
Dunbar, defending D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champion, likely will need the help -- its first four games are against Carroll, defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion DeMatha, national power St. Ignatius of Cleveland and Hylton, the defending Virginia AAA Division 6 champion.
New Summer Football Classic
The inaugural Baltimore-Washington Parkway Classic, featuring the DCIAA's top graduated seniors playing against top graduated seniors from Baltimore schools, will be played at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Eastern, after the D.C. summer passing league title game.
The D.C. team includes Baker, who had 1,800 yards passing last season, and Theodore Roosevelt cornerback Charles Cobb, who had seven interceptions last season and signed with Temple. Anacostia Coach Willie Stewart and Cardozo Coach Bobby Richards are co-head coaches for the D.C. team.
The game replaces the DCIAA All-Star Game, which pitted graduated seniors from DCIAA East teams against seniors from DCIAA West teams.
Locals to Compete in Poland
Eleanor Roosevelt High All-Met Allen Simms will lead a talented trio of local athletes at the inaugural IAAF World Youth Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Simms, Fairfax's Brandon Royster and Suitland's Shannon Hughes were the only local athletes on the U.S. roster for the meet that runs today through Sunday. "I'm real excited, this is the first time I have been overseas," said Simms, a senior.
No local female athletes made the U.S. roster.
Earlier this summer, Simms competed in the USATF Youth Athletics Championship at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill., June 30 through July 4. He won the long jump (24 feet 1 1/2 inches) and triple jump (49-0 1/4).
Simms's high school coach, Larry Colbert, also will compete in an international meet at the end of this month -- the World Masters Track and Field Games in Gateshead, England.
Colbert, 62, will compete in the 60-64 age group in the 100, 200 and 400 meters.
Good Showing for Area Athletes
The Quiet Storm Track Club had an impressive weekend at the AAU Region II track and field meet at Mount St. Mary's College.
Gar-Field High's Takeitha Jordan and Kira Sims won their respective events in the young women age division. Jordan won the high jump at 5 feet 4 inches, while Sims recorded a personal-best 10-6 in the pole vault. Dionne Evans, also of Gar-Field, placed second in the 1,500 (5:08.23) and fourth in the 800 (2:27.39) in the intermediate division. The top four finishers in each event qualify for the 33rd AAU Junior Olympics, to be held July 31 to Aug. 7 in Cleveland.
Other top local finishers were Springbrook's Ndidi Obichere, who won the 800 in 2:17.93 and was third in the 400 hurdles (1:03.99). Bowie's Shawn Barnett won the 800 in 1:59.46 and Westlake senior Carlos Hunt placed second in the 1,500 (4:11.85) and 3,000 (9:10.49). D.C. resident Ivan Anderson-Butler placed second in the long jump in 20-10 3/4.
CAPTION: DCIAA all-star QB Lee Baker (Dunbar) prepares for tonight's contest against top Baltimore players.