For someone who had just spent two hours carrying his football team, Korey Singleton looked surprisingly refreshed.
Singleton, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior running back, rushed for 270 yards and all four Oakland Mills touchdowns on 40 carries, leading the ninth-ranked Scorpions (3-0) to a 26-15 victory over visiting and 18th-ranked South River yesterday.
He had a 224-yard, three-touchdown second half, as the Scorpions rushing attack gained 365 yards.
"I'm in pretty good shape. I'm getting there," said Singleton, who also played defensive back. "All I wanted to do was win the game big. They [Seahawks] beat us on their home field last year. Some payback was in order.
"I thought we came out a little flat," he added. "And when you feel like you're down, the leaders of the team have to pick up everybody else."
Oakland Mills starting quarterback Joe Coughlan (foot fracture) was missing, backup Ricky Gray's throwing ability was severely limited by a bruised right shoulder and tailback Eric Graham (eight carries, 77 yards) reinjured his shoulder in the second quarter and played sparingly in the second half.
Singleton started the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run in the closing seconds of the first quarter, but South River held him to 46 yards on 21 carries in the first half.
The South River offense answered Singleton's score with a quick strike in the second period's opening minutes. Chris Messineo (10 carries, 92 yards) gained 65 yards on a draw play to the Scorpions' 1. Kevin Ferguson scored three plays later, and Brian Hutson kicked the extra point to give the Seahawks a 7-6 lead they took into halftime.
"They knew they didn't play well in the first half," said Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet. "We appealed to their pride at halftime, and they responded, Korey in particular."
Singleton, who accounted for 40 of the Scorpions' 56 plays from scrimmage, finished Oakland Mills' first three second-half possessions with touchdown runs. He broke a 53-yarder -- with a great block by Greg Washington -- to give the Scorpions a 12-7 lead with 4 minutes, 52 seconds left in the third quarter.