C. Milton Wright hasn't lost a regular-season football game in more than three seasons, and the streak remained intact last night.
After trailing midway through the third quarter, the Mustangs got their power offense in gear and went on to rout visiting Randallstown, 34-16, for their fifth consecutive victory of 1993.
It wasn't easy for seventh-ranked C.M. Wright. The Rams (1-4) led 16-13 after Angelo Todd scored his second touchdown on a 7-yard run to culminate a 26-yard drive following a Mustang fumble recovered by Shamouri Crawford.
But the Mustangs drove 31, 48 and 68 yards for touchdowns on their final three possessions -- twice following Randallstown fumbles.
"They gave us more than we wanted, that's for sure," said C.M. Wright coach Steve Harward. "But we played a good second half and shut them down after their first drive."
It was another tough defeat for Randallstown (1-4), which is rebuilding with young linemen and has plunged into a schedule that has included Perry Hall and Dunbar in addition to C.M. Wright.
The crunching Mustang ground game was too much for Randallstown in the end. Jason Tharpe carried 30 times for 197 yards and scored four touchdowns for C. M. Wright, which gained 293 yards rushing.
"We're getting better every week," said Randallstown coach John Buchheister. "Hopefully, we'll catch someone soon that is on the way down while we're on the way up."
Randallstown has used three quarterbacks and starts two sophomores and nine juniors either on offense or defense.
The Mustangs gained the lead for good after the Rams botched a pitchout play and Gavin Snyder recovered the fumble for C. M. Wright at the Randallstown 31.
Seven running plays later, quarterback Mike Schmidt sneaked over from the 1 and Chris Streett's conversion made the score 20-16.
A fumble recovery by Schmidt launched the next touchdown drive, which climaxed in a 30-yard scoring run by Tharpe behind a crunching block by fullback Rich Juergenson.
The Rams' final chance ended when C.M. Wright nose guard John Terrill completed two straight sacks to blunt a drive at the Mustang 22.
Harward complimented Todd "as probably the best back we've seen all season." He scored both of the Ram touchdowns.