By Jerry Del Priore
It has been a long time since South Shore High School’s football team had the amount of excitement and electricity it had on Friday night at home. The stands were packed, as two former star players – Chris and Ricky Legree – were honored for their past accomplishments and contributions to the program.
The Vikings, behind junior quarterback Jason Martin’s two touchdowns, rewarded their fans with a 13-6 victory over New Utrecht, keeping their unbeaten streak intact.
Though South Shore (4-0) did pick up the win, head coach Matt Ciquera didn’t feel his team played up to its capabilities, and still is a work in progress.
“We still, through four weeks, haven’t really put it together completely,” Ciquera said after the game. “The ball was on the floor three times, and I lost track of how times we jumped offsides defensively.
“To be honest, I didn’t think we played well at all today. It just seemed like we were a little slow to get going. But once we got going, thankfully we were able to pull out the win. But definitely a lot of room for improvement. No question about that.”
The Utes (2-2) struck first on a short rushing touchdown to give them a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter.
The Vikings evened the score at six as Martin, who completed 11 of 19 attempts for 140 yards, punched it into the end zone on a quarterback keeper early in the second period.
South Shore took the lead when Martin eluded New Utrecht’s defensive pressure, and connected with senior receiver Michael Watson on a 40-yard touchdown strike, with the extra point making it 13-6 late in the second quarter.
The Vikings opened up the second half by fumbling the kickoff in its own territory. But its defense went into lockdown mode, and managed to keep the Utes off the scoreboard.
After three and out, South Shore punted the ball to New Utrecht. Senior Jermaine Garner raced down the gridiron, and stripped the ball from the Utes ball carrier, which senior Omar Jarrett pounced on at the 32 of New Utrecht.
The Vikings’ offense stalled on the ensuing drive, but its defense was able to keep New Utrecht from scoring the rest of the way.
Junior Armand Robinson led South Shore’s defense with 10 tackles, a sack, an interception and fumble recovery. Seniors Kendal Bates II, Aniah Prescod and Garner chipped in with nine and seven stops, respectively.
The Vikings travel to Thomas Jefferson High School field tomorrow at 7:00 p.m.