It is no surprise Dunbar senior defensive back Vontae Davis -- one of the top recruits in the city -- has a knack for interceptions. But he is also stepping up on the offensive side for the No. 11 Crimson Tide (3-1), the defending D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association champions.
Davis had three interceptions and two touchdowns as host Dunbar escaped with a 14-7 victory over Glen Mills (Pa.) Friday night, the first win by a D.C. public school over Glen Mills.
One of Davis's interceptions set up the Crimson Tide's first score, which Davis accounted for by catching a five-yard scoring strike from junior quarterback Nathan Bussey, giving Dunbar a 6-0 lead in the second quarter.
But the best was yet to come from Davis. Just before halftime, he hauled in an 85-yard catch that sent the Tide into intermission with a 14-0 lead.
From there, Dunbar's defense -- which also features junior middle linebacker Chris Williams, senior tackle Steve Bazemore and junior defensive end Trevon Pitt -- appeared to take over, save for some nervous moments at the end when the Tide stopped Glen Mills at the Dunbar 3 as the clock expired.
"It was a total defensive effort," Dunbar Coach Craig Jeffries said. "But Vontae stepped up. . . . He made the big plays."
-- Judith Evans