Despite persistent rain showers and soggy fields throughout Harford County, Week Six of the high school football season is in the books for all 10 public high schools.
Nine of the 10 played UCBAC divisional contests, while Joppatowne took a break. In Chesapeake (upper) Division play, Bel Air, C. Milton Wright, Fallston and North Harford each picked up victories. Aberdeen, Havre de Grace and Patterson Mill were losers.
Edgewood was a Susquehanna (lower) Division winner, while Harford Tech was not. Joppatowne was also a winner in its non-league contest.
Mustangs beat Panthers
C. Milton Wright (1-2 league, 4-2 overall) turned back previously unbeaten and visiting Perryville (2-1 league, 5-1 overall), 28-13, in rainy Chesapeake action.
The win celebrated the Mustangs' homecoming and also ended a 25-game regular season win streak by the Panthers. The last regular season loss came in Week 10 of the 2010 season.
In Friday's win, CMW jumped ahead early in the second quarter when quarterback Omar Walker connected with his twin brother, receiver Osiah Walker on a 21-yard scoring play. Michael Poorbaugh added the extra-point kick for the 7-0 lead with 9:05 to play in the half.
Two more CMW drives that may have produced points ended in turnovers on Perryville's end of the field. The latter of the two was a one-hand interception by the Panthers Tyrell Hollingsworth in his own end zone.
Perryville came out in the second half and went right to work offensively, evening the score with 7:25 to play in quarter three.
A 12-yard shovel pass from Elijah Johnson to Ethan Griffin put the Panthers into the end zone and Josh Bargsten's extra-point kick knotted the score.
CMW answered immediately, scoring in just eight plays to retake the lead.
Will Hazelton did the honors from six yards out and Poorbaugh added the kick with 3:57 to play. Hazelton was a beast, finishing with 211 yards on 29 carries.
Omar Walker added 137 yards passing and 158 yards rushing. Osiah Walker had 85 receiving yards and 92 yards rushing.
It appeared Perryville was getting back in the end zone on its next possession, but on second and goal from the Mustangs seven, Johnson tried to roll around the right end. He was met at the four and the collision resulted in a fumble. Ross Kunmann made the recovery at the CMW one-yard line.
A few snaps later, CMW coughed the ball back up and Perryville recovered at the CMW 27.
The short series by the Mustangs proved costly though, as the Panthers Griffin went down with an apparent leg injury with 10:09 left in the game. He did not return.
Despite that, Perryville managed to put the ball back in the end zone on a six-yard pass from Johnson to Holingworth. The extra-point, however, was blocked, leaving CMW with a 14-13 lead.
The Mustangs had another answer with their next possession. The Mustangs marched 80 yards in 11 plays with Osiah Walker capping the drive with a 22-yard touchdown run with 1:14 to play.
The Panthers suffered another potential severe injury in that Mustangs drive when lineman Steven Duty went down with a possible back/neck injury. Play was halted for more than 25 minutes as Duty was taken away in an ambulance.
The Mustangs then put the game away when Freddie Montgomery intercepted his second pass of the game and returned it 60 yards for a score. Poorbaugh closed the scoring with his fourth extra-point kick.