Coach Dave Summey has an offense that most of his peers would love. But ask him about his defense, and that's what makes him smile.
The South River Seahawks (4-1) used a dominant defense and timely turnovers to defeat Randallstown (3-2), 27-14, in a non-league game at Catonsville Community College last night.
"Our defense has been the key for us all season," said Summey, whose defense had given up only 31 points in five games. "If our defense plays well, we'll be in every game."
The Seahawks defense pressured the Rams all game, leading to three interceptions of Randallstown quarterback Brandon Holt.
Kevin Ferguson led the Seahawks with 115 yards rushing on 16 carries. Donte Boyd led Randallstown with 114 yards on 15 carries.
The Seahawks held Randallstown after the opening kickoff and took over at the Randallstown 44 after the Rams mishandled a punt.
South River moved the ball to the Randallstown 21, and quarterback Jake Cameron found Jim Wilson standing alone in the near corner of the end zone on fourth-and-three from there to give the Seahawks a 6-0 lead.
Randallstown responded on its first possession of the second quarter. After taking over at the Seahawks 14, Randallstown put together a 10-play, 86-yard drive and took a 7-6 lead on 2-yard run by Haryn Singleton with eight minutes left until the half.
South River moved ahead on its last possession of the first half. After taking over at their 33, the Seahawks used Ferguson's 42-yard run to take the ball to the Rams' 20. Ferguson's 8-yard run four plays later gave the Seahawks a 14-7 lead after the conversion.
The Seahawks widened their lead just after the half, patching together a 10-play, 72-yard drive that ended on Craig Hopkins' 28-yard run to increase the lead to 20-7.
Randallstown responded after the ensuing kickoff. Boyd carried the ball 51 of the Rams 62 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown run to cut the margin to 20-14.
South River appeared to be stopped on downs on the next drive, but Randallstown mishandled the punt and the Seahawks took over at the Rams' 38 when Joey Fuqua recovered. Eight plays later, Chris Messineo carried it in from the 7 to account for the final margin.
Randallstown coach John Buchheister said his team played well despite the loss.
"There's a lot of pressure on these kids," he said. "Everybody expects them to play like last year's team, but they can't."