The C. Milton Wright-Edgewood game was a story of chances. Edgewood did not take advantage of its opportunities. C. Milton Wright did.
Jason Tharpe scored two touchdowns, and quarterback Mike Schmidt twice found Duane Fisher for touchdowns, as No. 6 C. Milton Wright overcame a slow start to stop host Edgewood, 31-0, in a Harford County game.
C. Milton Wright (6-0, 4-0) has won 39 straight regular-season games.
Most of C. Milton Wright's chances came in the second half. The Mustangs, leading 6-0 at halftime, took control in the second half
and did little wrong.
The Mustangs drove 71 yards on 12 plays on their first possession of the half. Rich Juergenson scored from 13 yards to stretch the lead to 12-0.
The next drive saw more of the same. C. Milton Wright went 51 yards on seven plays, capped by a 5-yard pass from Schmidt to Fisher on the first play of the final quarter for an 18-0 lead.
The Mustangs finished with 197 yards rushing and 111 yards passing. Their offense clicked in the second half, when they scored four of their five touchdowns.
"I could see in the second quarter that we were [wearing them down]," said C. Milton Wright coach Steve Harward. "We just started going right at them."
Edgewood watched Tharpe closely. The area's second-leading rusher was quiet early, but finished with 83 yards on 18 carries.
Tharpe said his team did little fancy in the second half.
"We just started playing," said Tharpe, who scored his second touchdown on a 34-yard interception return in the fourth quarter. "We just started moving the ball."
Juergenson picked up much of the load. The junior turned in a strong second half, and finished with 98 yards on 16 carries.
Fisher's second touchdown came in the final moments, a 36-yard scoring pass.
Edgewood (3-3, 3-2) made things tough for C. Milton Wright in the first half. The Rams drove into Mustangs territory three times, but got nothing.
The first Edgewood possession turned out to be a wasted effort. The Rams drove from their 31 to the C. Milton Wright 27, but quarterback Dwayne Whyte's fourth-down pass fell incomplete.
The Mustangs had only one good drive in the first half -- but they scored on it when Tharpe went in from 2 yards out. That run capped a 13-play, 58-yard drive with 9:08 left in the half for a 6-0 lead.
Later in the quarter, the Rams had a chance to score when Keene Turner blocked a punt. Chris George recovered at the C. Milton Wright 28 with 2:39 left. But Edgewood gained only 7 yards on four plays and came up empty.