No. 12 S. River stops No. 20 Perry Hall, 14-13

October 19, 1991|By Steven Kivinski

South River football coach Dave Summey takes pride in his defense's ability to stop opponents.

That pride radiated to Summey's offensive charges last night after No. 12-ranked Seahawks squeaked by No. 20 Perry Hall, 14-13.

"Our backs ran hard and our offensive line is really coming on strong," said Summey after watching his Seahawks raise their record to 6-1. "Both teams were basically similar with ball-control offenses. We were trying to keep away from them because we knew they had a ball-control offense, and they were trying to keep it away from us.

"What it came down to, was we kind of had the edge in that category."

The Seahawks' offense, which was in top form in last week's 54-0 romp over Lansdowne, mounted a 14-play drive to eat up the game's remaining 7 minutes, 31 seconds to preserve the victory.

Senior running back Chris Messineo led the Seahawks with 113 yards on 16 carries, including six carries for 41 yards on South River's game-ending drive.

South River's defense, which came into the contest yielding only 5.1 points per game with four shutouts, allowed Perry Hall to capitalize on a Joe Basaga interception late in the first quarter.

Perry Hall's offense went to work after the turnover and put together a 76-yard, 18-play scoring drive capped by 6-yard run quarterback Dan Brown, on what initially appeared to be a 23-yard field-goal attempt. Brown fielded the snap and out-ran two Seahawks to the corner of the end zone. South River took advantage of some excellent field position after a botched punt when Kevin Ferguson plunged in from 2 yards out.

The Gators (4-3) gave the hosts more good field position after a 20-yard fumble recovery by Messineo to the Perry Hall 14, but South River came up empty.

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