“It’s tough right now,” Forestville Coach Charles Harley said. “If we can just limit the turnovers, we’ve got enough athletes that we should be a fun team to watch.”
South River offense gets it going
One week after being held to a season-low six points in a blowout home loss against Arundel, South River reverted to lighting up the scoreboard Friday in a 34-13 victory over Annapolis.
The Seahawks (3-2) got a big game out of senior running back Lavon Chaney, who scored all four of his team’s offensive touchdowns and picked up 271 all-purpose yards, 208 of which came on the ground. Chaney’s performance came just three days after the senior was offered a scholarship to play next season at Navy.
South River quarterback Connor Cox completed 17 passes Friday night for 218 yards and a touchdown. Cox, who threw for more than 300 yards in each of South River’s first three games, has cooled somewhat as defenses have adjusted to account for the Seahawks passing attack.
“Defenses are definitely more aware of him after the first three weeks of the year,” Seahawks Coach Lance Clelland said. “What we do offensively is take what the defense gives us, and if they’re going to put six guys in the box then we’re going to run the ball.”
Southern earns first win in blowout
Southern emphatically snapped its season-opening four game losing streak Friday night, shutting out Glen Burnie 35-0 for the Bulldogs’ first win of the season.
The Bulldogs’ entered the game on the heels of their closest game of the season to date, a 17-14 overtime loss on the road at Severna Park. Through their first four games, Southern (1-4) had averaged just 121
2 points per game on offense while allowing opponents to score an average 321
2 points per game.
Friday though, the Bulldogs’ offense broke out largely on the strength of junior running back Dejuan Neal’s
167-yard, four touchdown performance. Southern Coach Russ Meyers pointed to a second-quarter sequence during which Neal, who also plays defensive back, intercepted a Glen Burnie pass in the end zone and then scored on an eight-yard touchdown run on the first play of the Bulldogs’ subsequent drive.
“Nobody wants that zero as the first number in their record,” Meyers said. “I think they’ve seen the benefits of going out and having a good time and really playing hard and flying around on defense. And they’re not letting mistakes bother them as much as they did before. You’re going to make mistakes, that’s the game of football, but you can’t let it carry over from one game to the next.”