South Carroll senior Mike Dodd scored two touchdowns and rushed for 143 yards, and the Cavaliers' defense made a tough goal-line stand in the game's final seconds to post a 19-12 win over visiting Frederick last night.
Frederick had the ball on the South Carroll 5-yard line, trailing 19-12 with 30 seconds left, but the Cavaliers' defense shut down a run by Dwight Leeks to preserve the win.
Dodd missed most of the first half after suffering an ankle injury on the game's second play, but returned for a big second half to become the seventh rusher in South Carroll history to gain 1,000 yards in a season.
The Cavaliers improves to 5-4 on the season -- ending a three-game slide -- and 3-2 in the Central Maryland Conference. Frederick dropped to 4-5 and 3-2 in CMC play.
"The kids played very well, and it's a great win for us," South Carroll coach Gene Brown said.
"We haven't played very well in our last three games, and the kids responded well and did a great job tonight."
Leading 7-6 after two quarters, South Carroll took the second-half kickoff 74 yards in 18 plays -- all on the ground -- and capped it with a 3-yard touchdown run by Dodd. The drive ate up 8:30 of the third quarter. The two-point conversion failed, and South Carroll led 13-6.
Frederick answered with a long drive of its own to cut the lead to 13-12 when Leeks ran 8 yards on fourth-and-goal.
South Carroll's defense, which came up big all night, stopped Frederick's bid to take the lead on the two-point conversion.
Dodd gave South Carroll breathing room with a 73-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. It was the 12th touchdown for Dodd on the season. He needs 155 yards next week against Westminster to break Bob Huggins' single-season school rushing record.
Frederick took a 6-0 lead with 2:50 left in the first quarter when William Huskey caught up with a bouncing punt at the 5 and returned it 95 yards for the touchdown.
It was the second time in two weeks Huskey returned a kick for a score. Last week against North Carroll, the Frederick junior returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.
South Carroll answered on its next drive when quarterback Jason Harich hit Tom Lapato with a 17-yard touchdown pass.
Harich hit Lapato at the 12 and he did the rest, getting by two Frederick defenders and into the end zone.
A successful hitch-and-go play set up the touchdown. On third-and-eight at the 41, Harich hit Brian Yannick for 13 yards and he pitched to Geoff Weisenborn, who ran for 11 more.