ABERDEEN -- C. Milton Wright lost its emotional leader, Jason Sostrin, on the opening kickoff last night, and there was some question among the Mustangs coaches how their players would react.
Sostrin was diagnosed as having a dislocated shoulder -- something he had done last year -- but accompanying muscle spasms dictated a trip to the hospital for tests.
The players wasted no time in showing how they would react against Aberdeen in a meeting of ranked high school football teams.
The No. 10 Mustangs (2-0) scored two first-half touchdowns, and a stellar defense shut down No. 12 and host Aberdeen (1-1) for a 14-0 victory. It was the team's 25th straight regular-season triumph. This one was a far cry from the previous two meetings when C. Milton Wright won 14-13 and 25-24 on a last-minute field goal.
Wright put this one away on its first possession, driving 80 yards in five plays. The big plays were a 39-yard completion from Mike Schmidt to Jason Leizear, and a 30-yard touchdown run by Jason Tharpe.
The Mustangs got their other first-half score in the final minute, when Jason Wagner forced an Aberdeen fumble and Wilson Hanks recovered at the Eagles' 20. Schmidt promptly found Leizear behind the secondary for a touchdown.
Aberdeen's offense in the first 24 minutes opened and closed on one series midway in the opening quarter when Charles Cromwell and Derek Hall got 20 and 13 yards, respectively, on successive runs.
Such was the visitors' first-half domination that they racked up 170 yards of offense and restricted the opposition to just 13 yards. Four of Aberdeen's seven possessions ended in minus yardage.
"The big drive gave us momentum, and we felt we could play with them after that," C. Milton Wright coach Steve Harward said. "And Wilson Hanks and Don Behler did great jobs in the line, along with our linebackers, Tharpe and [Brad] Fordyce."
The last two Wright wins in this series were won by handling both sides of the line, and this one was no exception. Aberdeen's deepest penetration was to the Wright 35, and that came off a blocked punt in the fourth quarter.