Jerry Del Priore
Thomas Jefferson scored the first points of Friday night’s tilt on a safety early in the first quarter. For a moment, Vikings head coach Matt Ciquera thought the inclement weather could play a factor in a possible upset, especially with the absence of star quarterback Jason Martin, who was out with a slight leg injury.
But South Shore got on track, scoring 16 unanswered points in the first period en route to a 36-2 drubbing of the Orange Wave (0-5) in City Conference action at Thomas Jefferson High School Field.
“It was a question of the weather,” Ciquera said. “Like (if) the weather was going to be that ridicules, that sometimes offense becomes impossible when the weather is that bad? But once we scored, it gave us confidence.”
After two defensive scores, senior Deandre Campbell punched in a 12-yard rushing touchdown to extend the Vikings lead to 22-2 with 4:26 remaining in the second quarter.
South Shore (5-0) cashed in on another fumble when junior Kavan Gordon pounced on the pigskin, and proceed to rumble into the end zone for the score, increasing the advantage to 28-2 late in the first half.
Refusing the let up, the Vikings recovered the muffed kickoff at the Orange Wave’s 30 to open the second half. They quickly went to work, capping the drive and scoring on a three-yard TD run by junior Armand Robinson, followed by the successful two-point conversion for a 34-point lead early in the third period.
Ciquera said his decision to sit Martin for backup Willerm Greffin was more precautionary than anything, and he would only play if the dire need arose.
“Because of the wet turf, and we felt we had enough without him tonight, that we decided that it was in everybody’s best interest to come out in the first half, and see how things went,” he explained. “If everything was going well, and we had a lead going into the second half, we decided we were going to shelf him for the whole game. If it had been a battle in the second half, we probably would’ve let him play. But because he was nursing a minor injury, and we were winning, I felt it was best not to let him dress tonight.”
South Shore’s stingy defense only allowed 12 yards of offense the entire game, and recovered four fumbles.
The Vikings host Campus Magnet Saturday at 7:00 p.m.