In successive games against the teams with the two best records in Harford County, Edgewood has shown it can win when it plays well, and even when it doesn't.
The Rams, playing well when they had to, dispatched C. Milton Wright, 42-28, yesterday.
Edgewood has now won five of its last six games while improving to 8-7, 5-2. Wright, which had a 10-game winning streak halted, dropped to 11-5, 6-2.
For Edgewood, this win followed Friday night's 70-59 lashing of rival Aberdeen, dealing the Eagles their first county loss in the process.
"Last Friday was 'The Game' for us. It gave us momentum for this one and now we're starting to play together better, too," said Edgewood senior Chris Finlay.
The catalyst for the two wins may well have been senior Charlie Burkhardt, who returned to the lineup against Aberdeen after being sidelined for three weeks by illness.
When teams shoot 25 percent (11-for-44 by Wright) and 39 percent (18-for-46 by Edgewood), it does not look pretty. Edgewood jumped to a 15-6 lead in the first nine minutes last night, but Wright, with five players accounting for 12 points, closed to within 19-18.
It was 21-18 at the half, and Wright, which had started the game with three successive turnovers, did the same thing at the start of the third and fourth quarters. The Mustangs were a point-a-minute club in the third, then went the first 6:34 of the fourth without a point, and ended with just a two-point shot by Pete Troilo.
Meanwhile, the Rams were stretching their lead from 28-26.
John Carroll 61, Boys' Latin 50: John Carroll (9-9, 4-2) built a 34-16 first-half lead, saw Boys' Latin (10-9, 4-1) get within 48-40 with four minutes left, then used free throws to clinch a MIAA Conference victory at home.
Myron Hayes (25 points) helped the Lakers make a run with eight straight points, and theycut the margin to 55-48 with 1:30 left. Four of John Carroll's last six points came on free throws. Jared Marmen and Jeff Miles had 17 points each for the Patriots.