By Jerry Del Priore
South Shore’s Willerm Greffin may be one of the best overall offensive football secrets in the PSAL, but not after his performance against the Bulldogs. The senior all-purpose player ran for a touchdown, caught a 45-yard TD pass, and ran back a 70-yard kickoff to help the Vikings annihilate Campus Magnet, 42-6, Saturday night in their homecoming game.
Head coach Matt Ciquera first realized Greffin had offensive talent as a freshman on junior varsity, when he led all players in the PSAL in points. Ciquera said he just needed to familiarize himself with the playbook, and work to create opportunities on the varsity level this season, which the fifth-year coach said he has.
Greffin currently is eight in total points in the PSAL with 48.
“We always knew he had the athleticism, and he was a talented player,” Ciquera explained. “It was just a matter of learning the playbook, and putting himself in position to make plays. So far, he’s having a great year. I definitely think he’s putting together some awesome tape in terms of being able to do multiple things: run the football, catch the football, score on special teams. So, he’s definitely one of our best weapons with the ball in his hands, no question about that.”
Greffin attributes his success to focus and preparation, helping him jump into the action at a moment’s notice—just like he was when Ciquera slotted him at quarterback after starter Jason Martin was momentarily removed from the game with a slight injury. He turned that opportunity into a 30-yard rushing touchdown on South Shore’s first drive of the tilt.
“Over the week, I had a good practice, always being there, running hard, making sure I get every play down pat,” Greffin said. “It was all about focus today. Coach always tells me to be prepared just in case Martin goes down. So, I was up, and ready to go.”
The Vikings (6-0) came out in the first quarter, pumped up by the raucous home crowd. It used that electricity to overpower the opposition in every facet of the game, resulting in a 22-0 lead after the first quarter.
South Shore put the contest away with 13 more points in the second period, good for a 35-0 advantage at halftime.
Junior Rafael Cordero added a touchdown on the ground, followed by the extra point for a 42-0 lead early in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs (1-5) finally broke through with a touchdown on the last play of the game.
Martin led the Viking offense to a 323-yard night, completing four of eight passes for a 102 yards with two touchdowns. Seniors Omar Jarrett, a running back, and Michael Watson, a receiver, rushed for 105 and a score and a 15-yard touchdown reception, respectively.
Senior place kicker Azeez Ahmed had a solid night, connecting on three of six extra point attempts.
South Shore hosts John F. Kennedy Friday at 7:00 p.m.