North Harford routs C. Milton Wright, 42-6, in football
Hawks' rushing attack accounts for 394 yards, 4 TDs in win over Mustangs
North Harford's Josh Welsh runs past C. Milton Wright's Antwan Ferguson for a touchdown in the second quarter. (Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun / October 18, 2012)
The Hawks rushed for 394 yards and four touchdowns, overwhelming the visiting Mustangs with their ground game en route to a 42-6 victory in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference matchup.
North Harford coach Ken Brinkman said he wanted to see what the Mustangs would be able to handle.
The Hawks started running early, and C. Milton Wright wasn't able to stop them as North Harford ran left, right and up the middle.
They used several players and got a tremendous effort from their offensive line, which created holes time and again as they finished with 426 yards of total offense, rarely needing to throw.
"Just a fantastic job by our up-front guys," Brinkman said. "We were going to see if they could match up with us physically. We did a great job all around [rushing the ball]."
Hawks running back Josh Welsh ran for a pair of touchdowns. He broke free for a 40-yard score that gave North Harford (6-2, 4-0) the lead for good in the first minute of the second quarter. Omar Walker had just run for a 61-yard touchdown for C. Milton Wright that tied the game at six before Welsh's touchdown.
Welsh added a 23-yard touchdown in the third quarter to make it 28-6 as the Hawks scored the game's final 36 points and broke open what many expected to be a close game.
"Our offensive line went to work," Welsh said. "We ran all over them."
Interestingly enough, the final score could've been worse. Tyler Campbell ran for one touchdown in the second quarter (12 yards) before breaking free on another long run on the next series. That one went for 61 yards, but Campbell fumbled into the end zone and C. Milton Wright (6-2, 3-1) recovered for a touchback.
Quarterback Nic Hammer set the tone with a 43-yard run on the Hawks' second play from scrimmage. He ran into some trouble, bounced off a few Mustangs and broke off the long run. That set up his 21-yard touchdown pass to Eric Bayer on fourth-and-3.
Bayer later helped out in his own way, getting a 58-yard run that helped the Hawks on their final scoring drive of the night. Hammer finished that one off by faking out the Mustangs defense on a naked bootleg and almost walking into the end zone for a 42-6 lead.
Walker gave North Harford a lot of trouble in the first half. He ran for 95 yards before the break as the Hawks had problems containing the speedy quarterback.
The Mustangs posted 155 yards of total offense in the first half, but the Hawks shut them down after the break. North Harford limited C. Milton Wright to minus-19 yards in the second half.
In addition, Dustin Beall recovered a fumble in the end zone for another touchdown. Walker tried to throw a screen pass, but it went backwards and rolled into the end zone where Beall simply picked it up for an easy score. Campbell also picked off a pair of passes.
In the end, the running game proved to be too much for the Mustangs to handle.
"They're strong up front; they drove us back," C. Milton Wright coach Marc Alegi said. "They're a big strong team."
North Harford 42, C.M. Wright 6
N-Bayer 21 pass from Hammer (kick blocked)
C-Om. Walker 61 run (kick blocked)
N-Welsh 40 run (Hammer run)
N-Campbell 12 run (Bowling kick)
N-Welsh 23 run (Bowling kick)
N-Beall recovered fumble in end zone (Bowling kick)
N-Hammer 2 run (Bowling kick)