FREDERICK -- This one hurt South Carroll badly.
Just when the Cavaliers looked as if they might be ready to knock off one of the big boys in the Central Maryland Conference last night, they let a mistake-hampered Linganore (5-1, 2-0) football team off the hook for a 14-10 victory at Linganore.
South Carroll (4-2, 1-1) took a 10-7 lead into the third quarter, but the Cavaliers couldn't stop Linganore's small-but-mighty running back Joey Seetoo on a 65-yard scoring drive that proved to be the difference.
Seetoo, who entered the game with 885 yards rushing and nine " touchdowns on 93 carries, ran the ball six times for 50 yards on the opening drive of the third quarter.
He completed the show with an 18-yard run off the right side for a touchdown and Justin Brown kicked the extra point for a 14-10 lead.
Seetoo wound up the night with 32 carries for 175 yards and might have provided an even bigger play on defense from his middle-linebacker spot with one minute, 28 seconds left in the game.
Seetoo intercepted a Tom Luster pass that was intended for Chris Lyerly at the Linganore 35-yard line and returned it 45 yards to the South Carroll 20.
The Cavaliers only got the ball for one more play in the game, and that was with five seconds left. Luster tried to hit Tom Lapato with a desperation pass at the Linganore 45, but the ball was far out of Lapato's reach and the gun sounded.
The Luster-to-Lapato passing combination had worked almost all night, but it couldn't pull off any miracles in the final seconds.
Luster wound up with 15 completions in 26 attempts for 189 yards and one touchdown.
Lopato caught nine passes for 100 yards, as the Cavaliers discovered a passing game on a night when running backs Greg Mihalko and Lyerly were shut down.
"Anybody who knows anything about Linganore knows why we couldn't run on them," said South Carroll coach Gene Brown. "I mean, not even Seneca Valley [defending 3A state champs] could move the ball on the ground. We knew we would have to throw the ball and we did a good job of it. We have nothing to be ashamed of."
Linganore coach Dave Carruthers said the victory "wasn't pretty" but he was satisfied to escape with a win over the feisty Cavaliers.
"We made some bad mental mistakes that are going to keep you from winning games but tonight we got away with it," said Carruthers of the 85 yards in penalties called against his team. "You have to give a lot of credit to Joey Seetoo [5-8, 150] who is a tremendous worker and player. He was outstanding on defense along with our front eight. Chris Beatty especially had a good game at defensive tackle."