On a night filled with big defensive plays, it was one huge offensive play late that proved to be the difference in Linganore's 7-0 win at South Carroll.
It came with 1:26 left in a scoreless game. On third-and-10 at the South Carroll 32, Linganore quarterback Doug Wallace rolled right and found a diving Chris Moran at the Cavaliers' 9.
Two plays later, Brad MacKay ran up the middle for a 7-yard score.
South Carroll (4-2) appeared to have the Linganore drive stopped at the Cavaliers' 37, but the Cavaliers were penalized five yards for having too many men on the field during the punt.
It set up a fourth-and-inches and Bobby Roman got the first down with a 1-yard gain up the middle.
It was the fifth straight year South Carroll has gone into the Linganore game with a 4-1 mark and came out of it 4-2.
"Our kids played real well and gave it their all. If you don't score, you don't win," said South Carroll coach Gene Brown.
"I thought our defense played real well and so did theirs. It was a typical Linganore team. I told our kids I was real proud of the way they played and we're just going to have to rebound next week at [Thomas Johnson]."
Three turnovers by the South Carroll offense kept its defense on the field for most of the second half.
Up until the final minutes, it was up to the task with Steve Yokay, Dan McKinney and Jeremy Esworthy taking turns coming up with the big plays against Linganore's offense.
After the Linganore score, South Carroll had one chance when Greg Mihalko returned the Linganore kickoff 46 yards to the Lancers' 42 with less than 30 seconds left.
Quarterback Tom Luster scrambled to the 29 with two seconds left and his final throw in the end zone went incomplete.
Some solid defense and costly penalties on both sides resulted in a scoreless first half.
The Cavaliers had the first break of the game early in the first quarter when they recovered a fumbled punt on the Linganore 25, but the Lancers (4-2) held on fourth-and-2 and took over at their own 17.
Later in the first quarter, South Carroll had a long drive stall on the Linganore 18 when Luster rolled left on fourth-and-three and was stopped two yards short of a first down.