When Music Stopped, C. M. Wright Came Out On Top

Mustangs Slip By Aberdeen On Last-minute Field Goal

September 15, 1991|By Craig Amoss | Craig Amoss,Contributing writer

Mike Weichert's 36-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining lifted C. Milton Wright to a 25-24 victory over visiting Aberdeen on Friday night.

For Aberdeen, the loss was the second consecutive last-second loss the team has suffered at the hands of the Mustangs, archrivals in Division 3A. Last season Aberdeen fell, 14-13, when a two-point conversion failed at the end of regulation.

"People got their money's worth tonight," Aberdeen Coach Macon Tucker said. An overflow crowd packed the Mustangs' stadium and stayed rapt throughout the game.

With just under three minutes remaining,the Mustangs stopped the Eagles on a crucial third-and-four play. After an Aberdeen punt went only to the Eagles' 42, the Mustangs were in striking distance.

In eight plays the Mustangs reached the Aberdeen 20 yard-line. Weichert, who had already had a spectacular performance -- six receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown -- made the kickwith plenty to spare.

"I looked and saw it going through, and my heart just started jumping," he said.

Last week, in a 43-0 rout ofDulaney, Weichert was 5-for-5 on extra points and also scored a two-point conversion.

"I felt the pressure," he said after the game Friday night. "I'm just glad for the team that I made it."

The game provided heart-stopping action for fans and play- ers alike. On Aberdeen's opening possession, following a Mustang fumble, Eagele tailbackDemont Blackmon took a pitch from quarterback Tito Coey and raced 80yards for a touchdown.

Then it was the Mustangs' turn for the bigplay. After linebacker Greg Cooper recovered an Eagle fumble, quarterback Jeff Hawk found Weichert for a 31-yard touchdown to put Wright ahead, 7-6.

On their ensuing possession, the Eagles found themselves with a third and 13 on their own 11-yard line. Blackmon took an inside handoff and sprinted 89 yards to put Aberdeen up, 12-7.

Blackmon had touched the ball just twice in the game but already gained 169 yards.

"Unbelievable," said Mustangs Coach Steve Harward of Blackmon. "He reminds me of (Dave) Meggett of the Giants."

Late in thesecond quarter, the Mustangs took over at their own 19-yard line. From there, Hawk found Weichert on three straight passes for a total of64 yards. Running back Dan Gantrell scored from 4 yards out to give Wright a 14-12 halftime lead.

Harward said the Mustangs could catch the Eagles off-guard with the pass.

"They were stacking nine and10 on the line," he said. "They were playing real loose in the secondary. We did it out of necessity."

Indeed, the pass accounted for 130 of the Mustangs' 275 yards on offense.

Yet the Eagles' offensewas even more impressive. Blackmon, who would rush for 258 yards on 20 carries in the game, scored on another inside handoff from 26 yards out to put Aberdeen up once more, 18-14.

Later in the fourth quarter, he capped an eight-play, 59-yard drive with a 30-yard touchdowncatch to give Aberdeen its last lead of the game, at 24-22, after Wright had regained the lead in the third period on a 7-yard run by Gantrell.

Blackmon's touchdown set the stage for Weichert's last-second heroics.

"It was a war," Harward said. "I don't think any game will top it."

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