Wright stifles Rams' flashy ground game in 28-0 win Scouting report helps shut down Randallstown

3A football

November 18, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

C. Milton Wright coach Steve Harward scouted Randallstown three times, including during a victory three weeks ago when Rams running backs Devin Johnson and Lance Jackson combined for 353 yards and five touchdowns.

He did a good job because last night Harward's seventh-ranked Mustangs (10-1) stopped Baltimore County's best running back tandem dead in the mud, 28-0, in a 3A state quarterfinal at Catonsville Community College.

Johnson, who entered the game with 1,357 yards and 19 touchdowns, was collared for eight total yards on seven carries, and Jackson, who had 865 yards and 10 touchdowns before last night, covered 28 yards in 10 tries.

Meanwhile, the Mustangs, who ended the Rams' nine-game winning streak, scored 14 points in each half, led by wide receiver Duane Fisher's touchdown receptions of 65 and 15 yards.

Todd Behler had 121 yards on 19 carries, including an 85-yard scoring run on the second play of the second quarter, and Jason Stiles (50 yards) scored C. Milton Wright's final touchdown from 26 yards with 5:44 left in the game.

The sixth-seeded Mustangs advance into next week's semifinal to face the winner of today's quarter final between No. 1 Dunbar (9-1) and seventh seed Westlake (8-2) at a time and place to be determined. Dunbar's 24-6 season-opening win was No. 8 Randallstown's only previous loss.

"They brought the house tonight, I mean they really did their homework," said Randallstown first-year coach James Carpenter, whose third-seeded Rams totaled just 122 yards of offense -- 87 in the air. "They shot the gaps all night long, and probably never made a mistake. Their offense was good, yes, but it's their defense that won it."

Mustangs junior linebacker Pete Frosthead shone in a sub role for top tackler Ted May (broken leg), who missed his third game. Receiver Fisher also recovered a fumble, Tom Jahnigen had an interception, and linemen Chris Russell, Chris Lau, Nick Joines and Jake Kramer clogged the middle amid sloppy conditions.

"We walked out here and looked at the field and thought it would be trouble," said linebacker Jon Judy, the Mustangs' second-leading tackler. "We missed Ted, but we made do."

C. M. Wright's offense, engineered by Todd Shilow (5-for-9 passing, 108 yards) was equally efficient.

The University of Virginia-bound Fisher, who has 23 receptions for 440 yards and eight touchdowns, turned Shilow's screen pass into a 65-yard score on the third play of the Mustangs' first possession.

Behler, 5-foot-7, 165 pounds, then converted a simple sweep on second-and-15 into an 85-yard score and Ryan Shek converted his second of four extra-point kicks.

After a scoreless third period, Fisher's second score was set up by the defense, which held Randallstown at its own 17. Fisher returned the ensuing punt 40 yards to the Rams' 17, and Shilow found him on the end of a 15-yarder two plays later.

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