C. Milton Wright defensive back Jon Judy couldn't explain how he became the recipient of three Northern turnovers last night.
"I don't know," he said, scratching his head while standing in a driving rain at midfield. "I guess I was just in the right place at the right time."
Judy's two interceptions and a fumble recovery at the Mustangs' 2-yard line helped No. 7 C. Milton Wright shut out the visiting Vikings from Baltimore City, 24-0.
"We're pumped up for the playoffs and we know we can't lose another one so we have to keep going," said Judy, 5-foot-7, 150-pound senior. "We have to stay with it and take the punches as they come."
It took the Mustangs (8-1) just three plays to establish their running game. Three straight runs by Todd Behler netted 26 yards and set up a 46-yard touchdown pass from Todd Shilow to Duane Fisher.
Behler was the workhorse again on the Mustangs' second drive. The 5-7, 165-pound senior carried the ball eight of nine plays -- the other a 31-yard pass from Shilow to Fountain -- before scoring from 2 yards out.
Judy's first pickoff gave the hosts excellent field postion at the Vikings' 37-yard line and another key block by Fountain sprang Fisher for a 24-yard pass.
A play later, Behler, who rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns, spun off of a tackler and twirled his way into the end zone for a 10-yard score that helped give the hosts a 21-0 lead with 8:54 still left in the half.
Northern's speedy offense found its footing on the wet field and moved the ball near midfield after receiver Willie Brown scampered for 18 yards on a reverse, but a delay of game penalty and an off-sides on a crucial fourth down forced the Vikings (5-4) to punt.
"We finally put it together for a whole half," said Mustangs coach Steve Harward. "With as wet as it was, we probably shouldn't have been tossing the ball as much but that's the way it goes. It's a win and we'll take it."
Despite two second-half turnovers, Wright got on the scoreboard again, this time on a 32-yard field goal by Chris Russell, who hit all three of his extra points.
"I think we were a little lost in the lights here since this was our first night game," said Northern coach Bruce Strunk, whose team plays the bulk of its games on Friday afternoons. "They're a good team and we're a young team and when you have 25 guys on your team, as opposed to 45 on theirs, it's tough. Our guys are young, but they kept their heads ups and hopefully they learned something that they can build on."