Wright drives past Kenwood, 14-8

November 14, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

Experience prevailed over emotion last night at C. Milton Wright.

The undefeated Mustangs roared from behind in the second half and ended Kenwood's Cinderella season, 14-8, to advance to the semifinals of the state Class 3A football playoffs.

Touchdown drives of 45 and 46 yards ended C. M. Wright's offensive frustrations. Jason Tharpe knifed in from the 2-yard line for the winning score with 3:57 left in the game.

"They were sitting on everything we were doing [in the first half]," said Mustangs coach Steve Harward. "Everybody was playing it pretty close to the vest at first."

"Their coaches did a great job," said Kenwood's Fred Myers. "It was like a chess game out there and they won the last series."

The Bluebirds rose from oblivion -- they were 0-10 two years ago --to earn the sixth seeding with a 9-1 record despite playing basically a Class 2A schedule.

And they shocked a team that has won 33 consecutive times in the regular season when Joe Cofield spurted out of a pack to race 68 yards for a Kenwood touchdown with 1:29 to go in the first half.

"We had three or four guys right on him, but they relaxed just a second and off he went," said Harward.

That -- interrupted an equally frustrating half for the offenses, which had penetrated the opponent's 20 three times without cashing in.

But third-seeded C. M. Wright (11-0) opened up its attack in the third period and almost completely shut off an effective Bluebirds passing game.

After driving to the Kenwood 12 before stalling, the Mustangs used field position to march to the tying touchdown, Chris Gill knocking out the final 13 yards.

A carom reception by Eric McEvoy after Bluebirds defender Joe Owens tipped the ball tied the game.

Kenwood (9-2) sputtered again on its next two drives and the Mustangs used seven plays to drive to the deciding touchdown.

"We really didn't know anything about them," said Harward. "So I threw everything at the kids on the practice field and it just confused them. We had to go back to what we do."

Myers said he wishes the field had been dry instead of muddy.

"It was like playing on ice. It would have been interesting to see what happened had it been dry. We just missed a couple of items."

7+ The Mustangs out-gained Kenwood 202-48.

Kenwood .. .0 8 0 0 -- 8

Wright 0 0 8 6 -- 14

-- Cofield 68 run (Gray pass from Hewitt)

CM -- Gill 13 run (McEvoy pass from Frick)

CM -- Tharpe 2 run (pass failed)

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