Fallston remains perfect, defeats C.M. Wright, 28-21; Gonano's late TD run brings first triumph vs. Mustangs since '87


Junior running back Dave Gonano rushed for 260 yards and provided some fourth-quarter heroics to bring Fallston High to a football milestone last night.

Gonano's 52-yard scoring run in the fourth period gave the Cougars a 28-21 victory over visiting C. Milton Wright. It was the first win over the Mustangs since 1987.

The victory was No. 120 for veteran Fallston coach Dave Cesky -- and one of his biggest.

"This has got to be one of the best," said Cesky, in his 23rd season with the Cougars. "It was one exciting football game. You can't find a high school game much better than this."

The win lifted the Cougars' record to 8-0 and kept them on track for what could be the school's first-ever Harford County football title. Fallston can clinch a tie for the title with a victory over Havre de Grace next week.

This is only the third time that Fallston has recorded at least eight victories in a season.

Fallston started quickly, with two touchdowns in the first five minutes of play. Gonano scored first on a 45-yard run. Three minutes later Nate Liebel scored on a 1-yard run after a 35-yard pass play from quarterback Jake Kuzma to Steve Shaw.

The Mustangs responded less than a minute later with a 5-yard touchdown run by P.J. Hall.

C.M. Wright set up the scoring with the accurate passing of quarterback Justin Rice. Rice, who completed nine of 18 for 168 yards, tied the game at 14 just before halftime when he hit Chris Frohn on a 25-yard pass play.

Neither team could move the ball on the muddy field during the third quarter until Fallston's Kuzma hit Shaw on a 20-yard pass play. Two plays later, Gonano broke away on a 35-yard touchdown run.

Wright came back with a 49-yard scoring pass from Rice to Frohn to tie the game with 9: 51 remaining.

Gonano's game-winner came one one play after Fallston's Matt Toomey intercepted a pass on a deflection from teammate Frank Taddeo.

Jesse Klutz came up with a key sack with 1 1/2 minutes remaining to halt a Mustangs' scoring threat.

Fallston defensive back Zach Geasey clinched the victory and sparked a celebration when he tackled Rice on a fourth-and-long play with less than a minute remaining.

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