Harward gets Mustangs rolling Coach of the Year

November 29, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Steve Harward, whose C. Milton Wright team was his fifth playoff entry in seven seasons as the school's football coach, has been named The Baltimore Sun's Harford County Football Coach of the Year.

During a 10-0 regular season -- the third straight for the Mustangs -- the team outscored its foes 262-33, posted six shutouts and allowed only one team as many as two touchdowns. Wright made the state semifinals for the second time in three years, losing to Linganore, 34-12.

"At the start of the season, we were young but had good quickness. It was a question of jelling," Harward said. Early on, he said the defense would have to get the job done until the offense came around.

At the finish, senior Chris Gill had his second successive 1,000-yard rushing season; junior Jason Tharpe had his first; senior linebacker Brad Fordyce had the county lead in tackles, and the team had the county's top-rated offense and defense.

Harward, a Harford County native who attended Bel Air High School and Harford Community College, said the win at Aberdeen in the second game of the season was pivotal.

"We lost Jesse Sostrin, our emotional leader, on the first play of the game," he said. "After that, it could have gone either way."

C. Milton Wright had to struggle, but emerged with a 13-0 victory.

"We played well at Elkton three weeks later, winning 13-0. It was a very physical game and our defense was especially tough. From there, we knew our defense would be OK," he said.

It turned out to be the second of a six-game stretch where the team allowed just one touchdown.

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