Wright upends unbeaten Fallston, 35-18 Cougars score 1st TD, but Mustangs take control

September 28, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Fallston fans went into last night's game at C. Milton Wright talking about the Cougars' top two runners, Gene Liebel and Matt Sutphen. But they came out with the Wright names Adam Bantner and Pete Fountain ringing in their ears.

The two Mustang seniors, operating behind a big, experienced offensive line, shredded Fallston's defense for 266 yards on 31 carries and 143 yards on 14 carries, respectively. In the process, they combined for three touchdowns, as Wright (2-2, 2-0) stunned previously unbeaten Fallston (3-1, 2-1), 35-18.

In going 3-0, the Cougars had run up more than 50 points twice and outscored their foes, 126-44. On the other hand, Wright had beaten North Harford, but had been belted by City College and Loyola. A year ago, the Mustangs, on their way to a share of the Harford County title, had started 2-1, while Fallston went into their game 3-0. That time, it also was Wright, 35-3.

Wright spotted the visitors the game's first touchdown early in the second quarter, then scored twice in six minutes and was not headed.

"We had some meetings during the week, but for the first time we came out and executed the way we can," said Wright coach Steve Harward, who has never lost a Fallston game. "We were a solid football team for the first time all year."

Quarterback Ryan Shek said, "We had a senior meeting, said we were tired of what had been happening and didn't want it to happen again. We were focused and fired up."

The Mustangs certainly were, once they got going.

Fallston opened the scoring when Gene Liebel dove over for the first of his three short-yardage touchdown plunges. The Cougars had been successful on 11 of 14 two-point conversions in their three earlier games, but went 0-for-3 this time.

But their lead lasted only as long as it took for the Mustangs' Bantner, a 5-foot-8 senior speedster, to get the kickoff return to his47. There, blockers, led by two seniors, 230-pound Jake Kramer and 300-pound Chris Lau, sprungBantner down the sideline for a 53-yard touchdown run.

Junior Scott Adams kicked the first of his five extra points, and the home team was in front to stay.

Pub Date: 9/28/96

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