Southern-AA puts end to Northeast's run, 7-0

Bulldogs' defense keeps Eagles from 1st 5-0 start

Football

High Schools

October 06, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Southern of Harwood's "defensive Dawgs" spoiled homecoming night at Northeast, producing a stunning 7-0 upset victory last night over the previously unbeaten Eagles in Anne Arundel County football action.

The upset in Pasadena denied the Eagles from becoming the first team in school history to start a season 5-0. Southern evened its record at 2-2.

"Our offense lost the game and I take the blame for that, but if you would have seen us at practice this week, you would understand why we got beat tonight," said Northeast coach Mike Cotham, who is trying to deliver the Eagles' first winning season since 1988.

Senior Justin Holland, who was moved just this week from safety to outside linebacker, led Southern's swarming defense along with down linemen Anthony Johnson (6 feet 6, 215 pounds) and Justin Underwood (6-2, 225).

"I don't know why I didn't do it three games ago," said Southern coach Russ Meyers of moving Holland.

One of Holland's biggest plays led to the game's only touchdown late in the first period. He picked off a C.J. Spoone pass and returned it 12 yards to the Northeast 30. Eight plays later, Holland crashed over from the 1 on third-and-goal and Mike Turner booted the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 1:06 left in the first quarter.

Southern's defense did the rest to make the touchdown stand up.

Held to 17 rushing yards in the second half, Northeast didn't venture into Southern territory after halftime and botched its only scoring opportunity at the end of the first half.

Meanwhile, Southern's offense earned 93 of its 142 yards in the final 24 minutes to help kill the clock.

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