Kenny Batten scored the game-winning touchdown in a 13-7 overtime victory against Oakland Mills Friday night that sends C. Milton Wright to its first state football championship game.
The Mustangs (12-0) got a touchdown from Chris Gill in the first half.
Batten added the clincher on the Mustangs' first overtime series in a state Class 3A semifinals game played in heavy fog at C. Milton Wright.
In the overtime tie-breaker, each team got four downs starting at the opposition's 10-yard line in a sudden-death attempt to score. After Mike Whitehead intercepted Oakland Mills' quarterback Joe Coughlan to stop the Scorpions' overtime drive, Batten ran twice.
Daryl Smith and Israel Sostrin opened a hole for Batten, who broke a tackle and ran into the end zone.
"We called the same play two times," said Batten, who rushed for 51 yards on 12 carries. "On the second one, (Scorpion defenders) hit me and I popped off and saw an opening. I was surprised I got open out there."
The Mustangs find out today who they face in the state championship game. They will play the winner of last night's scheduled contest between Northern of Calvert County and McDonogh of Charles County.
The game will probably be played somewhere in Prince George's County, although the decision will not be made until tonight.
The Mustangs, ranked No. 5 by The Sun, escaped two close calls in the closing minutes against No. 7 Oakland Mills (10-2).
The Scorpions had a chance to win in regulation as Ty Wilkins attempted a 28-yard field goal with 49 seconds left. But Mustangs junior Jason Joines blocked the kick.
Going into overtime, Oakland Mills won the toss and went on offense first.
C. Milton Wright gave the Scorpions five chances to score -- the last four on second down. Safety Jesse Sostrin got two pass interference calls trying to stop receiver Gregg Washington (95 yards on eight catches).
Sostrin, 5-foot-7, had trouble covering the 6-foot-4 Washington. On the Scorpions' third play in overtime, they appeared to have scored when Washington caught a 6-yard pass in the end zone. But an illegal motion penalty against Washington brought the ball back to the 11-yard line.
On Oakland Mills' fourth play, Sostrin got his second interference call, so 6-foot Batten, usually a defensive end, moved to the outside. On the next play, Whitehead intercepted Coughlan to set up the Mustangs' winning series from the Scorpions' 10.
Gill (60 yards on seven carries) scored his touchdown on a 42-yard run with 7:03 to go in the second quarter. Mike Weichart kicked the extra point.
Both teams kept the ball on the ground most of the first half because the heavy fog made it impossible to see from one sideline to the other.
The Mustangs caught the Scorpions without their two leading rushers, Korey Singleton and Eric Graham, who combined for more than 2,500 yards during the regular season. Both missed the postseason with injuries.
Ricky Gray scored the Scorpions' touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run. Wilkins kicked the extra point.