Kenny Batten ran for three touchdowns to lead C.M. Wright to a 28-6 victory over Dundalk in a state Class 3A football quarterfinal game Friday night.
The victory propelled the Mustangs (11-0) to their first trip ever to the state football semifinal. Next Friday night at 7:30, the second-seeded Mustangs will entertain the winner of yesterday's scheduled game between third-seeded Oakland Mills (9-1) and sixth-seeded Laurel (8-2) (played after The Harford County deadline.) The Mustangs owe their win over Dundalk (8-3) mostly to five Owl turnovers. Dundalk's errors helped make up for an uncharacteristic three Mustang turnovers.
Only two of Dundalk's turnovers led to touchdowns for C. Milton Wright.
But twice in the first half, the Owls lost the ball inside the Mustangs 2-yard line.
Keith Wilson and Jason Joines recovered those fumbles for C. Milton Wright. Wilson's recovery set up the Mustangs' first touchdown, as they marched 98 yards. Batten scored his 16th touchdown of the year on a 2-yard run.
Mike Weichert's extra point put the Mustangs ahead, 7-0, with 2:45 to go in the first quarter.
The Mustangs defense quickly shut down the Owls' next drive On first and 10 from the Mustang 43, Chris Gill (81 yards of five carries) picked up 58 yards to set up another Batten run. Weichert's kick put the Mustangs up, 14-0, with 54 seconds left in the first quarter.
Dundalk's score came on John Satterfield's 3-yard run with 2:28 left in the half. It was the first touchdown the Mustangs had allowed in five games. The conversion attempt failed.
Both teams fumbled early in the third quarter, but the Mustangs got a 3-yard run from Batten for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Israel Sostrin (68 yards on 10 carries) set up the touchdown with a 23-yard run.
Weichert's extra point gave the Mustangs a 21-6 lead with 8:22 left in the game.
Quarterback Jeff Hawk scored the Mustangs' final touchdown on a 14-yard keeper less than two minutes later. Brad Fordyce picked off a pass from Dundalk's Joe Speed who was pressured by Sostrin, to set up the touchdown.
The Mustangs' defense held Speed to just 50 yards in the air and Dundalk to 195 yards of total offense. C. Milton Wright picked up 306 yards rushing and 366 yards total offense.