T. Johnson overpowers S. Carroll


FREDERICK -- South Carroll's once-promising football season took another turn for the worse last night.

The Cavaliers ran into another Central Maryland Conference power, and Thomas Johnson handed them their second straight rout, 46-7.

South Carroll was shut out by unbeaten Linganore, 28-0, last week in a game that was shortened to 2 1/2 quarters by violent thunderstorms at South Carroll.

Linganore running back John Seymour ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries that night.

Thomas Johnson quarterback Dom Novak did it all against the Cavaliers. He ran them dizzy, completed some key passes, kicked a 29-yard field goal and an extra point and intercepted a pass while playing strong safety.

Novak finished with 89 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and completed three of eight passes for 49 yards and one touchdown.

The Cavaliers (4-3, 2-2) had only one answer for the Patriots (6-1, 3-0), and that was running back Mike Dodd, who scored the team's only touchdown on an 82-yard run in the third quarter.

But Dodd was stopped most of the evening by the gang-tackling Patriots and finished with 98 yards on 16 carries.

Dodd seldom had much room to run the ball.

"We expected a much tougher game," said TJ coach Ben Wright. "We controlled the line of scrimmage and had five or six guys around Dodd all night."

South Carroll junior wide receiver Craig Combs was helped off the field with a back injury and taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital after the game, and coach Gene Brown is concerned.

"Craig is one of my favorite kids," said Brown. "I hope he's going to be all right."

Brown called the Patriots a "great team. We were in it for a while, but they have so much talent and depth that it is tough to handle."

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