Posted On: 02/6/21 1:19 PM

The Baltimore City League has some of the more iconic programs in the MPSSAA. With Dunbar and Mergenthaler-Vocational Technical High School (MERVO) leading the way, this league has many players that look to break out during this restart. With practices kicking-off on February 13th, let’s take a look at some of those potential break-out players.

Dontay FitzgeraldDontayFitzgerald6'0" | LBMervo | 2022MD, MERVO, 6’0" 215lbs, LB/RB, JR

One word to describe Dontay FitzgeraldDontayFitzgerald6'0" | LBMervo | 2022MD is physical. Whether at LB, or RB, he finishes every play. At LB, he looks to attack blockers and put them on the ground. When he can run downhill, he is someone to watch. At RB, he has a combination of speed and power that allows him to, either; get to the corner and make the first man miss, or burst through the line of scrimmage and put his shoulder into somebody and fight for positive yards. The balance that he shows with each move is what stands out. He is never off-balance which allows him to make the first man miss and keep moving forward for positive yards. MERVO looks to have a very good two-headed monster at RB with Dontay FitzgeraldDontayFitzgerald6'0" | LBMervo | 2022MD and Dontay FitzgeraldDontayFitzgerald6'0" | LBMervo | 2022MD, MERVO, 6’0" 215lbs, LB/RB, JR One word to describe Dontay FitzgeraldDontayFitzgerald6'0" | LBMervo | 2022MD is physical. Whether at LB, or RB, he finishes every play. At LB, he looks to attack blockers and put them on the ground. When he can run downhill, he is someone to watch. At RB, he has a combination of speed and power that allows him to, either; get to the corner and make the first man miss, or burst through the line of scrimmage and put his shoulder into somebody and fight for positive yards. The balance that he shows with each move is what stands out. He is never off-balance which allows him to make the first man miss and keep moving forward for positive yards. MERVO looks to have a very good two-headed monster at RB with Dontay FitzgeraldDontayFitzgerald6'0" | LBMervo | 2022MD and Kyle ParkerKyleParker5'11" | RBMervo | 2022MD. Kyle ParkerKyleParker5'11" | RBMervo | 2022MD, MERVO, 5’11" 220lbs, RB, JR Like his counterpart above, Kyle ParkerKyleParker5'11" | RBMervo | 2022MD has a very similar running style. What stands out is his burst through the line of scrimmage. He can hit the hole and be upfield before the defense can react. When he gets upfield, the first defender usually misses. He has enough speed to beat linebackers and maintains it throughout his runs. Parker is also willing to be physical with defenders. He has the mindset to finish every run, and it shows. Numerous runs of his end with a defender on the ground, or with him on top of a tackler. The combination of Parker and Fitzgerald will be one of the storylines to watch in the Baltimore City League. Tyler Hood, Dunbar, 5'11" 177lbs, SS/FS/OLB, JR Hood looks like a good, young playmaker for the Dunbar defense in this upcoming restart. He has a knack for being in the right place in pass coverage. Showed flashes with his playmaking ability. The trust he has in his eyes when the ball is in the air really stood out. This allows him to be the playmaker he is for Dunbar. While limited at the varsity level, Hood showed he belongs and will be one of the key defensive players for Dunbar during this restart. Zachariah Toland, Poly, 5'11" 257lbs, OG/DT, JR Poly has a promising offensive lineman in Zachariah Toland. Toland is a finisher who consistently ends up taking his man to the ground. There is not a clip of his where his man is not, either; on the ground or completely off the screen. That nasty attitude is exactly what you want in a young lineman. Seeing his development this season will be fun to watch. If he shows consistent development, Toland could be leading the line for Poly.

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