S. River runs to 21-7 win under Avery's direction Randallstown falls after slow start

October 03, 1992|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

A football adage says you use the run to set up the pass, and South River High did it to perfection last night, rolling to a 21-7 win against visiting Randallstown.

Seahawks quarterback Greg Avery passed infrequently, but effectively. He threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

"We didn't come into the game planning on passing," said Avery. "We wanted to control the ball and put together some sustained drives, but we threw a couple early and got some big plays so we figured we'd stay with it."

South River (4-1) started fast, going 71 yards in eight plays on its first drive. The Seahawks rushed on five successive plays before Avery hit end Russell Tongue on a 44-yard pass to the Rams' 9-yard line. Two plays later, Jaron Hairston scored from the 4, and Karl Baranek's extra point gave South River a 7-0 lead.

The Rams did not put any offense together in the first half, starting with poor field position on every possession. The Seahawks defense did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage, and coach John Buchheister's team managed only two first downs in the half.

Neither team looked good in the early going of the second quarter, but with less than a minute remaining, Avery threw a short pass to Tongue, who turned it into a 64-yard touchdown run on some great open-field running.

Things started poorly for Randallstown in the second half, also. The Rams went three-and-out on their first possession, and Avery and the South River offense went back to work.

After a short run, Avery used a play-action fake that fooled the Rams defense just long enough for end Jason Fullmer to get behind his defender. Avery hit him with a perfectly thrown pass, and Fullmer was on his way to a 76-yard touchdown reception.

Randallstown did save some face early in the fourth quarter when a nine-play drive ended with on a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Angelo Todd. Todd finished with 93 yards on 19 carries, but it was not enough against the opportunistic Seahawks.

Randallstown 0 0 0 7 -- 7

+ South River .7 6 8 0 -- 21

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