FOOTBALL: Mustangs Stomp Aberdeen
C. Milton Wright picked up its first win of the season on homecoming night against Aberdeen.
It may have rained on their (homecoming) parade, but C. Milton Wright was not going to let anything stand in the way of its first victory Thursday.
Senior running back Colt Hancock scored all 14 of the Mustangs' second half points in a muddy, 25–14 win against visiting Aberdeen on Thursday night.
C. Milton Wright (1–6, 1–3 Chesapeake Division) trailed 14–11 at halftime, but shut the Eagles (0–7, 0–4) out for the final two quarters to earn its first win. It was a well-timed victory for the Mustangs considering it is homecoming weekend, not to mention that Bel Air is waiting to face the them in eight days on their homecoming, followed by 7–0 North Harford.
"To me it means everything," C. Milton Wright head coach David Yohn said. "To come out of the half tonight down three and then win by 11 points—it says everything about the kids."
Hancock, who finished with 51 yards on eight rushes including two touchdowns, plus a receiving two-point conversion, said it was a team effort.
"Really the spark was just the whole offensive line. I got great blocking the whole night from all five of them," Hancock said. "I would not have scored both of those touchdowns if it wasn't for the five guys up front, the tight end and Jordan [Mangones] playing fullback."
Mangones was the game's leading rusher with 125 yards on 19 carries.
Yohn believes he simply had the more resilient team Thursday.
"The bottom line is when you're playing in the mud, and you're playing in the cold, it's time to dig in and see who's going to be tough, and our kids got tough," he said.
The Eagles, however, were in control early, but could not maintain their defensive pressure. Leading 14–3 with less than a minute remaining before halftime, Mustangs senior Deric Bryant returned a punt to the Aberdeen 6-yard-line.
From there senior quarterback Bryce Monroe, who also had an interception, needed just one pass to find senior running back Wes Laguerre for a touchdown. Down five, the Mustangs went for two, and Monroe was the star for the second consecutive play.
The senior rolled left on an option and was hit, but just before he would have been ruled down, Monroe pitched the ball to Mangones, who ran it in the end zone.
Aberdeen's first half touchdowns came from Swearingen and Michael Kelly for the 14–3 lead, but the Mustangs finished the game on a 22–0 run.
"As an option football team you got to eat clock. We found a little niche tonight running a little bit of off-tackle power," said Yohn, whose team limited Aberdeen to three scoreless drives in the final two quarters.
Senior Keela White led Aberdeen with 68 yards rushing on 10 carries. His classmate, Kelly, chipped in 52 yards on 12 carries.
"I told the kids just like I've said before, I'd go to the ends of the earth with them just because not only are they fun kids to be around, they work hard, they just don't quit," Yohn stated.
Eagles head coach John Siemsen was at a loss for words as he left the field.
"Not right now," he said when asked what was the difference in the game.
Yohn was nearly at a loss for words himself, but for a completely different reason.
"We just talk about putting the kids in the right spot to do what they need to do," he said. "Basically what happened tonight is, the kids played. For the first time, finally, they got rewarded for all the hard work."
Looming large for the Mustangs now are matchups with three of the leagues top four teams. After a visit to Bel Air on Oct. 22, the Mustangs face undefeated North Harford and finish the season with Joppatowne, which is 5–2.
"We're going to build off this win. We came out and played our game tonight and all our guys know it," Hancock said. "We're going to take the same strategy to Bel Air and see if it works."
When asked about next week's matchup with the Bobcats, Yohn was straightforward.
"There's no love lost and I think everybody who's been around knows that one," he said. "And then North Harford and Joppatowne's not exactly the piece of the pie that everybody wants to end on, but that's the challenge we're faced with."