Gill leads C. M. Wright past Edgewood, 36-0


Junior quarterback Mike Schmidt threw two touchdown passes to end Brad Fordyce, and senior back Chris Gill ran for two scores, as C. Milton Wright's offense continued to complement its defense in a punishing 36-0 victory over county rival Edgewood at Bel Air last night.

The Mustangs (6-0, 4-0), No. 6 in the latest Sun poll, put the game away with three first-half touchdowns and the defense finished the job, recording the team's fourth shutout of the season. In the six games, Wright has outscored the opposition, 166-21.

The victory also enabled the home team to extend its unbeaten streak against county rivals to 28 over a four-year span.

"Our defensive effort took their offense off the field," Wright coach Steve Harward said. The winners had an interception and recovered two fumbles, getting solid up-front work from 6-5, 265-pound Mike Sprouse and 6-2, 200-pound Wilson Hanks, plus some hard-hitting tackles from Matt Jenkins.

The scary part for future foes is the fact that at times in the early going there were only two or, at the most, three seniors in on defense -- Fordyce, Gill, and Jenkins.

Edgewood (3-3, 3-2) got a first down on its opening series, then did not get another one until working against the final quarter.

Wright administered some devastating hits on the out-manned Rams, forcing running backs Kelvin Moore and Kenton Worthington, and guard Andrew Zawadski out of the game with injuries.

C. M. Wright scored on its second possession, going 91 yards in three plays. A 48-yard punt by Chris James pinned Wright at its 9, but on third down from the 15, Schmidt found Fordyce on a little slant-in pass at his own 30, and the 6-foot, 185-pound receiver went all the way.

Early in the second quarter, Gill climaxed a seven-play, 62-yard drive by diving over the line from a yard out. "Our offensive line has been getting more aggressive lately," Gill said.

A nine-yard Edgewood punt set the Mustangs' third score, After taking over on the Rams' 38, Jason Tharpe kept the drive alive with a fourth-down, 4-yard run to the 8. On fourth down from the 10, Schmidt faked a handoff into the line, and passed to Fordyce in the end zone.

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