Severn and St. Paul's were unyielding inside the 20-yard line, but one critical mistake allowed the Crusaders to take the lead, then win, 12-0, yesterday at St. Paul's.
Both teams rushed the ball effectively, but neither could take advantage of opportunities.
"I had a feeling it was going to be a good defensive game," said Severn coach Doug Williams. "We moved the ball and executed well, but couldn't punch it in."
The game was scoreless in the first half, but both squads were able to drive the ball. St Paul's moved from its 36 to the 5 on eight running plays in the second quarter, but a fourth-down pass failed.