Boys' Coach Of The Year: Steve Harward

December 30, 1990

Name: Steve Harward.

School: C. Milton Wright High.

Age: 35.

Sport: Football.

Accomplishments: Harward turned C. Milton Wright's stadium into a field of dreams for a group of determined overachievers and their fans this fall.

Picked by most pre-season critics to finish well back in the pack after losing the bulk of their strength to graduation, the Mustangs surprised everyone. Only seven seniors returned and no one was over 6 feet tall.

Still, Harward guided the Mustangs to the best season in the 11-year history of the school. The team won the county title with an undefeated league record. After that, Harward took the Mustangs all the way to the state Class 3A title game before they fell to McDonogh, of Charles County, 33-20, on a chilly November night at Friendly High School in Prince George's County. Along the way, the Mustangs (12-1) posted one-point victories over their league arch-rivals Aberdeen and Edgewood, as well as a surprise 13-7 win over Oakland Mills in the state semifinal. Harward, a Bel Air High graduate who played football and coached at Harford Community College, molded a group of average players into an above-average team. The Mustangs had lost almost all of the scoring potential from 1989's 8-2 team to graduation. After the first scrimmage, the fifth-year coach said he was encouraged because the Mustangs had scored a touchdown. Harward's team went on to outscore its opponents, 352-77, in 13 games. The team finished the regular season by amassing 121 points in four lopsided shutouts. Among the Mustangs' strongest assests were a strong offensive line, a good running game and a solid overall defense.

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