Weichert's last-minute field goal lifts C.M. Wright over Aberdeen Mustangs win, 25-24, on 7th lead change


BEL AIR -- Mike Weichert kicked a 42-yard field goal with 42 seconds left to give C. Milton Wright a 25-24 win over Aberdeen last night.

For heart-stopping thrills, the game was every bit the equal to the Mustangs' 14-13 upset of Aberdeen last year that began their climb toward their regional championship.

The teams exchanged the lead seven times before a standing-room-only crowd at C.M. Wright's home field. And the Mustangs withstood a big rushing performance by Aberdeen tailback Demont Blackmon.

Blackmon, 5-foot-5, 140-pound senior tailback, broke free on an 80-yard touchdown run on the Eagles' first play from scrimmage. Four minutes later, he took a shuffle pass from quarterback Tito Coley and raced 85 yards to score.

"He was unbelievable," said Wright coach Steve Hayward. "He's one of the most exciting backs we've faced in quite a few years. hTC He was just a blur running up and down the sidelines."

Blackmon ended the game with 258 yards on 20 carries, almost half his total rushing yardage of last season. He scored all four Aberdeen touchdowns.

Despite Blackmon's breakaway performance, the Mustangs led the game at each of the quarter marks. It took them just two minutes to respond to Aberdeen's first score with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Hawk to Mike Weichert.

Weichert, a 5-10, 170-pound senior, brought the Mustangs back into the lead for the second time near the end of the first half with successive receptions of 28, 30 and 10 yards. He set up Dan Gartrell's 3-yard scoring run with 55 seconds left in the half.

It took the Eagles just four plays -- three of them long gainers by Blackmon -- to score when the second half opened. Blackmon swept around the left side for 27 yards to score. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Eagles with an 18-14 advantage.

Blackmon's biggest play came on a fourth-and-inches play with 7:17 remaining in the game. Coley dropped back and passed 30 yards to Blackmon to score.

Chris Gill (87 yards on 13 carries) and Dan Gartrell (44 yards, nine carries) led Wright in rushing. Gartrell scored two touchdowns, setting up the first with a 35-yard run on a fake punt.

Weichert kicked his game-winner after a 30-yard run by Chris Gill was nullified by a penalty.

"That was Mike's longest field goal," said Hayward. "He hits them consistently from 30 yards. Aberdeen played a great game. We played on spirit alone that last quarter."

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