COCKEYSVILLE — C. Milton Wright ran right over Dulaney on Friday afternoon.
The Mustangs rolled up 270 yards and six touchdowns rushing, coasting to a 43-0 victory over host Dulaney in the season-opener for both teams.
C. Milton Wright, which lost to McDonough in the Class 3A state final last year, used the wishbone to run over, around and through theLions. Danny Gartrell, Greg Cooper, Zi Shum and quarterback Jeff Hawk combined for 221 of those yards on just 28 carries.
Overall, theMustangs rushed 42 times and averaged more than 6.4 yards per carry.They added 50 yards passing for 320 yards total offense.
"It was one of those days," C. Milton Wright coach Steve Harward said. "The seniors had a great game."
The Mustangs suffered problems before the game started. Their bus broke down and they arrived on the field just 15 minutes before kickoff. Also, the team was without the servicesof a key player, junior running back Chris Gill, out with a pulled muscle.
Still, the Mustangs had no trouble. Gartrell (59 yards on 11 carries) ran for 11 on the game's first play, and Shum (58 yards onseven carries) burst free for 16 just two plays later.
"We just kept it basic," said Hawk, who had 46 yards on three carries. "Everyone was hitting the holes. The line did a great job."
The Mustangs' line, anchored by returning starters Ryan Arist (guard), Jason Joines(tackle) and Corey Lambroff (guard), often blew huge holes in the Dulaney line.
Six of the nine times the Mustangs had possession, they drove for rushing touchdowns. C. Milton Wright stalled at the Dulaney 26-yard line on its first possession, lost a fumble at the Lions' 12-yard line on its next-to-last possession and ran out of time at the Lions' 9-yard line at the end.
The Mustangs' first touchdown wasset up by a Jesse Sostrin 44-yard punt return. Sostrin caught the Brad Berzins punt at the Mustangs' 31 and took off on a zig-zagging runbefore Justin Goldman pulled him down.
Two plays later, Cooper (58 yards on seven carries) burst up the middle for a 17-yard touchdown. Mike Wiechert added the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 2 minutes, 59 seconds left in the first quarter.
Dulaney ran three plays and punted. C. Milton Wright started at the Lions' 36, and on the second play, Hawk floated a pass down the right sideline that Brad Fordyce leaped and caught for a 34-yard gain at the 1-yard line. Cooper scoredon the next play to open the second quarter.
The Mustangs startedtheir next possession at their 27. Hawk promptly took off on a 27-yard run. Seven plays later, he scored
on a 1-yard run. Wiechert then ran for the conversion and a 22-0 halftime lead.
Sostrin put theMustangs in good shape on their first possession of the second half.His 44-yard punt return, plus a penalty on Dulaney, set the Mustangsup at the 11-yard line.
Then, on the second play, Hawk pitched toGartrell, who swung right and ran in for the 6-yard score. Wiechert's kick made it 29-0 with 8:25 left in the third quarter.
C. MiltonWright next recovered a Dulaney fumble at the 10-yard line. Hawk scored on the first play, and Wiechert added the kick for a 36-0 lead.
Fordyce, in at quarterback, closed out the scoring with a 4-yard run on the second play of the fourth quarter. Wiechert kicked his fifthextra point.
Wiechert was also a factor in other ways. His booming kickoffs kept Dulaney pinned in its own territory for much of the game.
The Lions gained only 80 yards passing and 47 yards receiving. C. Milton Wright's defense kept the pressure on Dulaney through theentire game.
But in the end, it was the Mustangs' running game that was just too much for the Baltimore County squad.
"They are a well-schooled team," Dulaney coach Chuck Klimek said. "They did an excellent job on the option."