C.M. Wright upsets No. 8 Aberdeen, 14-13


ABERDEEN -- Zee Shum rushed for 63 yards on 16 carries and Jeff Hawke completed seven of 13 passes for 53 yards to lead visiting C.M. Wright (2-0, 1-0) to a 14-13 upset of No. 8 Aberdeen (1-1, 0-1) in a Harford County league game.

"We came in here really banged up, but we gutted it out," said C.M. Wright coach Steve Harwood. "Our plan was to take it right at the big man [Aberdeen's 6-foot-1, 280-pound tackle Byron Turner], and that's what we did."

Aberdeen's Joe Gordon lead all rushers with 64 yards on 13 carries.

With the Eagles trailing 14-7 with 3 minutes, 5 seconds left, Aberdeen's Steve Davis scored from 3 yards to cut the margin to 14-13, but an Aberdeen player was called for taunting a C.M. Wright defender and the penalty was assessed on the conversion, putting the ball at the 18. A Davis conversion pass to win the game fell short and the Mustangs ran out the clock. "They say you don't learn from winning, so I hope we learned something tonight," said Aberdeen's Macon Tucker. "We didn't execute tonight, and I guess we got what was coming to us."

After both teams failed to score on their first possessions, the Mustangs mishandled a punt to start their second drive at their 13. The Aberdeen defense pushed the Mustangs back to their 8, forcing a punt. Demont Blackmon caught the punt and found a seam down the left side of the field, running 46 yards to give Aberdeen a 7-0 lead after Tito Coley's extra point.

The Mustangs answered quickly, taking the ensuing kickoff from their 40 in five plays and scoring on Jessie Sostrin's 7-yard reception of a Jeff Hawk pass to cut the lead to 7-6 after the first quarter.

On its next possession, C.M. Wright started from the Aberdeen 38 and drove to the 8, but a mishandled snap was recovered by Aberdeen.

After holding the Eagles again, C.M. Wright took the ball 23 yards to the Aberdeen 20, but the Mustangs held on downs just before the half ended.

The Mustangs' Chris Gill took the opening kickoff of the second half at his 18 and returned it to the Aberdeen 26. Five plays later, Ken Batten carried in from the 6 to give the Mustangs a 14-7 lead after a Hawk pass to Sostrin for the conversion.

"I don't think one loss takes you out of the race," Harwood said of Aberdeen and the Harford County League, but added about his team, "I think if we get a big head about this, then the real victory is lost."

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