By Jerry Del Priore
South Shore and Boys & Girls football teams played to a stalemate in the first half. It was evident that the Vikings, a squad expected to make some noise in the PSAL’s City Conference this season, had some trouble clicking on offense, sputtering at times.
The Vikings (1-0) made some adjustments during halftime, however, and posted three unanswered touchdowns in the second half, on its way to a 20-0 shutout of the Kangaroos Saturday at home.
“It felt like we did a good job preparing, working hard all offseason, but the first was just real sloppy,” South Shore head chance Matt Ciquera said after the game. “They kind of controlled us a little bit, we put the ball on the floor, and committed a couple of penalties; things like that really hurt.”
One particularly play cost the team in the first half. After senior Aniah Prescod forced a fumble, and recovered it, advancing it to the 28-yard line of Boys & Girls, signal caller Jason Martin fumbled the snap on the ensuing play, handing the ball back to the Kangaroos (0-1).
“We let the other team hang in the game where we feel like we could have had maybe a one or two score lead at half if we executed, and came out to play,” Ciquera said. “But now, next thing you know, we’re in a dog fight in the second half. You just got to be prepared for that every week.”
Ciquera and the Vikings did come out ready to play in the third quarter, making the necessary adjustment at half time to take control of the tilt.
Senior Oshane McGregor pounced on a fumble at the 17 of Boys & Girls. After a few plays, Martin took it straight up the middle for the score, followed by a successful extra point, putting South Shore ahead, 7-0, early in the third quarter.
South Shore capitalized on another fumble when senior standout Omar Jarrett recovered the pigskin at the Kangaroos’ 33-yard line. Martin quickly went to work, connecting with senior Michael Watson on 33-yard touchdown reception for 13-0 advantage midway through the third period.
Martin capped the scoring on 20-yard scamper down the left sideline, followed by another successful point after that increased South Shore’s lead to 20-0. It was the junior quarterback’s third touchdown of the day.
The Vikings travel to Flushing Saturday, September 12th for a 12 p.m. game at Flushing Memorial Field.