By Jerry Del Priore
From the opening kickoff, everything went right for South Shore, and wrong for the Chiefs, as they failed to field the football, giving the Vikings momentum, and a short field to work with.
South Shore (8-0) took advantage of the good field position by scoring a touchdown a few plays later. From there, the Viking steamrolled Canarsie, 25-0, Friday night at home, laying claim to neighborhood gridiron supremacy.
“It’s great. We knew this was a big rivalry game,” South Shore head coach Matt Ciquera said. “So, we definitely wanted to finish our last home game with a win, and stay undefeated at home this year.”
It was the second straight bragging rights trophy victory for the Vikings since the bitter rivalry was restored last season, a game in which they beat Canarsie, 22-6.
As far being unbeaten through eight games, Ciquera kept the season in perspective.
“I’m very proud of what we accomplished so far,” he said. “But we realize we have two test to go, and then we got to sit back and see how things fall in terms of seeding for the playoffs. So, we got to stay humble, and keep working hard, like we say at the end of one of these every week. Got to keep that consistent with these guys, and I feel like we’ll be able to do some good things with this group.”
Dynamic senior running back Omar Jarrett handed South Shore a 6-0 lead on a 25-yard rushing touchdown early in the first quarter.
In what proved to be a huge play in the tilt, junior quarterback Jason Martin eluded the Chiefs’ defense, and found pay dirt on a two-yard run that increased the Vikings’ advantage to 12-0 at the end of the first half.
Even when South Shore made a mistake, it didn’t hurt them. Martin fumbled near the goal line but a Vikings player recovered the muff in the end zone for the touchdown and 18-0 lead. The ensuing extra point gave South Shore a commanding 19-0 advantage early in the third period.
Canarsie (3-5) did have its chance to score, but a questionable fumble at the Vikings’ 10 thwarted its threat. It was a
microcosm of what went wrong for the Chiefs in the game, head coach Kyle Allen noted.
“They got the momentum early. We got some things going at points in the game, but then we fumbled the ball, and turned it over,” Allen lamented. “When they fumbled, we didn’t recover—things like that. It is what it is.”
Jarrett roared in from the 20-yard line to cap the scoring at 25-0.
Canarsie visits Staten Island’s Tottenville Friday at 7:00 p.m., while South Shore travels to Brooklyn Tech Saturday at noon.