Suter puts on show again as N. Carroll subdues South River

3 TDs, 200 yards rushing lead Panthers to 28-6 win

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September 12, 1999|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

You could forgive North Carroll's Steve Suter for taking a water break in the fourth quarter of the Panthers' 28-6 victory over visiting South River (0-2) yesterday.

All he did was play offense, defense, punt, return a punt 94 yards for a touchdown, score two more touchdowns and rush for an even 200 yards on 16 carries.

Not a bad day, indeed. Is there anything he can't do?

"He doesn't throw very well," said North Carroll head coach Bill Rumbaugh. "We tried an option play with him in practice and it didn't work," he said.

Almost everything else he tried yesterday did. Suter scored the first time he touched the ball, fielding a South River punt at his 21 and racing 79 yards down the sideline to give the Panthers (2-0) a 7-0 lead with 9: 34 left in the first quarter.

After the Seahawks fumbled on their next play from scrimmage, North Carroll took over at South River's 44-yard line and scored four plays later on a 5-yard run by Suter.

South River managed a nice drive on it's next series. The Seahawks went 48 yards in 11 plays to the North Carroll 27. But quarterback Mike Graham's pass was tipped by North Caroll's Greg Winebrenner, and then intercepted by Zack Wingate, one of three interceptions he had on the day. Teammate Josh Ritz had two interceptions.

It took the Panthers only four plays to cash in, using a 60-yard touchdown run by Suter on a draw play to run the lead to 21-0.

The Seahawks did manage to put together an 82-yard, 14-play drive on their first possession of the second half. South River's Graham found Matt O'Neal from 8 yards out to cut the deficit to 21-6.

But North Carroll then put together a 10-minute, 17-play drive that culminated in a 5-yard run by Trey Ford to seal the game.

"I thick we out-athleted them," said Rumbaugh. "At the skill positions, we were a better team, or at least we played better today."

For South River, it was another tough day.

"I was disappointed with our play in the first half," said Seahawks coach Dave Summey, whose team gave up 166 of Suter's yards in the first half. "I think we played better in the second half, but were not the kind of team that comes from behind well."

For Suter, who had 282 yards in a 40-13 win at Francis Scott Key in the Panthers' first game, yesterday was just one step on a long road.

"We're 2-0 now, but we have to take it week by week and game by game and keep improving. We play Bowie [at home] next Friday, and it would sure be great to be 3-0."

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