South Carroll's Mike Dodd proved last night what everybody has known all season.
L That he is easily the best football player in Carroll County.
Dodd, 6 feet 3 and 237 pounds, punished Westminster with relentless running game and wore down the Owls on the way to a 14-6 win in the traditional season-ending battle between the top two teams in the county.
The victory gave South Carroll (6-4, 3-0 in the county) the CarrolCounty championship.
Host Westminster (2-8) finished with a 2-1 record in the county.
Dodd scored both touchdowns for the Cavaliers and carried thball 36 times for 183 yards.
In a 42-yard drive in the third quarter for what proved to be thdeciding touchdown, Dodd ran the ball all eight plays for the score.
Dodd leaped into the end zone for a touchdown from the 1-yarline, giving the Cavaliers a 14-6 lead.
South Carroll coach Gene Brown said, "Mike Dodd has been workhorse for us. He's been an unbelievable player all year."
However, Brown said he was more proud of the team's 4-record in the Central Maryland Conference than the Carroll County title.
Dodd came close to scoring a third touchdown late in the gamwhen he led the Cavaliers on a march to the Westminster 1-yard line.
On a fourth-and-inches play at the Owls' 1-yard line, Dodd wastopped short of the goal line by the middle of the Westminster line.
That gave Westminster the ball with a little less than two minuteleft and a chance to go 99 yards for a touchdown and possible tying two-point conversion.
Westminster quarterback Brad Gibson ran and passed his teato midfield in the final minutes before time ran out.
Gibson accounted for the lone touchdown for Westminsterthrowing a 32-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Zepp in the opening minutes of the third quarter to reduce the lead to 8-6.
South Carroll took an 8-0 lead with 1:18 left in the first half on 2-yard touchdown run by Dodd and a two-point conversion pass from Jason Harich to Jeremy Esworthy.
Dodd scored on a fourth-and-inches play at the Westminste2-yard line.
The Cavaliers drove 77 yards in 12 plays consuming 8:47 for thonly touchdown of the first half.
South Carroll had threatened to score after receiving thopening kickoff. Dodd ran 27 yards on the Cavaliers' first play from scrimmage, starting a drive to the Westminster 23-yard line.
But the Owls' defense halted the march, giving the underdoWestminster team a major emotional boost early in the game.
The game developed into a defensive duel the rest of the firsquarter and early in the second quarter.
Then South Carroll went on the long touchdown drive, ushere )) mostly by the running of Dodd, who wound up the first half with 95 yards on 18 carries.
S. Carroll .0 8 6 0 -- 14
Westminster 0 0 6 0 -- 6