South Carroll senior lineman Steven Stockslager, his uniform covered in mud, jogged off the field at halftime and saluted the Cavaliers student section.
This was his kind of game, a lineman's dream.
Cavaliers running back Steven Baca rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns in South Carroll's 41-0 win over Winters Mill Friday night.
While the soft, damp field caused by a pregame thunderstorm made conditions challenging for skill players, it was no problem for Baca. He said he used to relish playing in sloppy conditions in youth league games. Still does.
"I look forward to mud games," he said. "Every chance I get."
Stockslager, a 250-pound guard, paved the way for many of South Carroll's power run plays, including Jamar Williams' 85-yard touchdown run on the Cavaliers' first offensive play. South Carroll rushed for 375 yards on 32 carries. That's 11.7 yards per carry.
Baca had three first half touchdowns, including a 40-yard scamper in the first quarter.
"If I look awesome, it's because those guys are doing an awesome job up front," said Baca, referring to South Carroll linemen Brian Plummer — a University of Maryland commit — Lucas Peck, Dalton Slater, Stockslager, Austin Ford, and Jason Money.
Stockslager plays both ways and was part of a Cavaliers defense that shut out Winters Mill. The Cavaliers (5-1, 3-0 county) have given up just one touchdown in three county games so far. The other two wins were shutouts.
"We're playing great team defense," Stockslager said.
South Carroll coach Steve Luette said playing last week's game in steady rain prepared the Cavaliers for what to expect tonight. Despite a puddle emerging near the 40-yard line, there were few South Carroll slips and skids.
South Carroll kicker Jacob Snell converted all seven of his kicks: Five extra points and two second half field goals. No problems with footing.
Cavaliers junior quarterback AJ Linn completed 7 of 9 passes for 131 yards and did not have a turnover or a mishandled snap. He threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Kelly to give South Carroll a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.
The South Carroll 35-0 halftime lead ensured a running clock throughout the second half.
Linn had time to throw, limiting a Winters Mill defensive line that has shown an ability to rush passers this year. Carl Igweh had four sacks in Winters Mill's only win of the season in Week 1, a 21-9 win over Patterson Mill.