If turnovers and big plays are things that make coaches crazy, then South River coach Dave Summey must be feeling a little crazy right now.
His Seahawks (0-2) turned the ball over six times, five on interceptions, in a 28-6 loss to host North Carroll (2-0) yesterday.
The Panthers were led by running back Steve Suter, who rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, and scored another touchdown on a 94-yard punt return.
The Seahawks were led by Bruce Lee, who rushed for 73 yards on 13 carries.
"I was disappointed with our play in the first half," said Summey, whose team gave up 166 of Suter's yards in the first half, and trailed 21-0. "I think we played better in the second half, but we're not the kind of team that comes from behind well."
Suter scored the first time he touched the ball, fielding a South River punt at his own 21 and racing 79 yards down the sideline to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 9: 34 left in the first quarter.
After the Seahawks fumbled on their next play from scrimmage, North Carroll took over at South River's 44-yard line and scored four plays later on a 5-yard run by Suter.
South River managed a nice drive on it's next series. The Seahawks went 48 yards in 11 plays to the North Carroll 27. But quarterback Mike Graham's pass was tipped by North Caroll's Greg Winebrenner, and then intercepted by Zack Wingate, one of three interceptions he had on the day. Teammate Josh Ritz had two interceptions.
It took the Panthers only four plays to cash in, using a 60-yard touchdown run by Suter on a draw play to run the lead to 21-0.
The Seahawks did manage to put together an 82-yard, 14-play drive on their first possession of the second half. South River's Graham found Matt O'Neal from 8 yards out to cut the deficit to 21-6.
But North Carroll then put together a 10-minute, 17-play drive that culminated in a 5-yard run by Trey Ford to seal the game.
"I thick we out-athleted them," said Panthers coach Bill Rumbaugh. "At the skill positions, we were a better team, or at least we played better today."
Said Lee: "We came out flat today, that's all. We have to come out in practice and work hard next week. As long as we do that and stop the turnovers, we should be fine."