C.M. Wright shakes off Bel Air, 7-0

October 21, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

C. Milton Wright had at least two solid reasons to win its game against rival Bel Air last night:

To get back at the team that ended a 39-game regular-season winning streak last year and to stay alive in the state Class 3A playoff picture.

It wasn't an artistic success, but No. 13-ranked Wright (6-1, 4-1) managed to finish off a sustained drive and hold on to defeat the homestanding Bobcats (4-3, 3-3), 7-0, before an enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,000.

It was Wright's fifth straight win and Bel Air's third loss in its last four games.

Starting from the Bel Air 31-yard line midway of the third quarter, the visitors got into the end zone after six plays and three penalties.

On second down from the 17, workhorse senior running back Rich Juergenson drove through the line, broke clear, then, with second and third efforts, dragging tacklers, he reached the 4-yard line.

Two plays lost two yards and, after successive penalties, one each way, quarterback Duane Fisher faked a handoff, rolled out and found Russell alone in the right flat for the touchdown.

Juergenson, a 5 feet 11, 200-pound senior, finished with 28 carries for 134 yards (the rest of the team ran for 23 yards on eight carries).

Wright, with a line anchored by 305-pound senior James Greene and 6-3, 235-pound Wilson Hanks, controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage against a much smaller Bel Air line (opposite Greene was 155-pound Paul Wilkenson).

Still, the home team, which only gives up a county-low average of 125 rushing yards a game, was tough when it had to be, as the Mustangs stalled at the Bel Air 23-, 5-, 16- and 11-yard lines.

Meanwhile, Bel Air never mounted any kind of a sustained drive against the county's No. 1 defense, and its best scoring chance -- a 70-yard run by Chris Siplin to the Wright 10 with two minutes left -- was called back to the Bel Air 43 by a clipping call.

Otherwise, the Bobcats were halted at their 10, 16 and 11, there was a lost fumble, and 5-7, 145-pound quarterback Tony Belcastro, harassed by an aggressive Wright defense, threw four second-half interceptions.

"With their big people rushing, he didn't have much time and he couldn't see over them, he just couldn't see his receivers," said Bel Air assistant coach Doug Dempsey.

Defenders Mike Ballard and Steve Selvage were the chief figures in a Bel Air defense that kept Wright some 90 yards under its rushing average.

Frank Carico, who spent the last three years at C. Milton Wright, also had a strong effort against his old teammates.

Pete Fountain, a 5-foot-9 defensive back, had a great game in center field, picking off three Belcastro passes, the last one in the end zone, as the Bobcats capped a valiant effort with a last-ditch effort to find the end zone.

Ted May and John Terrill also played well defensively for the winners.

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