Early in its game against Lincoln High School, South Shore running back Rafael Cordero broke his leg after catching a pass down field. It would change the complexion of the tilt as the Vikings lost one of their best players in Cordero, a speedster who the coaching staff said had the potential to be one of the top backs in the PSAL.
South Shore (0-1) went on to fall, 58-28, to the Railsplitters Friday night at Abraham Lincoln High School Field in City Conference action.
“That was the worst of tonight’s loss,” Vikings head coach Matt Ciquera said of Cordero’s injury. “I can take losing the game, but we lost one of the best players in the program in the first drive of the game. It hurts us. We don’t have the depth.
“In my opinion, he would’ve been one of the best backs in all of New York City,” he added. “I was fixing for that. So, it’s very sad to see that happen on the first drive to a kid like that. It’s part of the game; injuries happen.”
South Shore led early in the contest, but Lincoln (1-0) pulled ahead, 20-8, with 8:01 remaining in the second quarter.
Refusing to lay down, senior Vikings quarterback Jason Martin completed a long touchdown pass that sliced the deficit to 20-14 with 6:39 left in the second period.
A South Shore interception returned to their own 32-yard line gave them hope for the moment. But the Railsplitters picked off the ball to thwart any attempt of a Viking comeback.
Soon after, a deep completion and TD pass, followed by a successful two-point conversion that extended Lincoln’s lead to 28-14 near the end of the first half.
From there, the Railsplitters peeled off 16 unanswered points before sophomore Frankie Cullum scored, followed by a successful Viking two-point run that cut the lead to 44-22, in favor of the opposition.
Though Lincoln battered South Shore, Ciquera put the defeat in perspective.
“We did some good things. It’s a pretty young group, so we got to fix It and get better,” he said. “Obviously we didn’t want to start the season this way but we still got eight more games to go. We’re not going to sit here and hang our heads. It’s not going to do anything for us.”
The Vikings return to Canarsie Saturday at 1:00 p.m. for its home opener against Fort Hamilton.