BEL AIR -- Mike Weichert caught six passes for 134 yards and scored 12 points, as undefeated C. Milton Wright clinched at least a tie for the Harford County League championship last night with a 25-8 victory over No. 20 Joppatowne.
The victory gave fourth-ranked Wright a 9-0 overall record, including 7-0 in the league, with one game remaining. It was the 23rd straight regular-season win for the Mustangs, who entered the game with the area's top-ranked offense.
Joppatowne (7-2, 5-2) was ranked No. 1 in scoring defense and held the Mustangs to 160 yards rushing, but failed to stop the passing combination of Jeff Hawk to Weichert.
Hawk, with a passing accuracy of 67 percent for the season, hit nine of 14 passes for 162 yards. Weichert, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior, accounted for most of that yardage.
Weichert's big reception in the first quarter set up the first touchdown. With 4 minutes, 30 seconds gone, he hauled in a pass and raced 58 yards to the Joppatowne 11. Chris Gill took a handoff on the next play and scored to make it 6-0. Weichert kicked his 36th PAT of the season.
On the next series, Joppatowne put a scare into the Mustangs. The Mariners scored in two plays and 55 seconds to take the lead. Mike Taylor, a 180-pound senior running back, broke a tackle at the line and raced 72 yards for the score. Taylor ran for the two-point conversion to give the Mariners an 8-7 lead.
Weichert pulled in passes for 13 and 27 yards in the next series before scoring on a 10-yard pass from Hawk with 10:30 left in the half.
"Weichert and Hawk have been doing that all year long," said Wright coach Steve Harward.