By Jerry Priore
With the 2016 PSAL football past the midway mark, local teams started to separate themselves from the pack, battling for league prominence with three of the four squads picking up important wins in its respective games.
Here’s how the clubs fared:
South Shore – 24, New Dorp – 8 (City Conference)
Senior signal caller Jason Martin ran for two touchdowns, and sophomore Ivancile Jules recovered a fumble for a score to help lead the Vikings (4-1) to a 16-point victory over New Dorp Friday night at home.
South Shore handed the Central Cougars (4-1) its first defeat of the season. The Vikings currently sit in third place in their division with 628 power points.
Tilden – 44, John Adams – 20 (Bowl Conference)
The Blue Devils ran out to a 22-6 half time lead, and didn’t let up on the Spartans in the second half, scoring another 22 points to distance themselves from the competition for the lopsided victory.
Tilden (4-1) presently holds the ninth spot in its conference with 197 power points.
Thomas Jefferson – 36, Christopher Columbus Campus – 6 (Bowl Conference)
Senior quarterback Olatundo J. Bruin connected on five of seven passes for 112 yards and a TD to help pace the Orange Wave (3-2) to triumph Saturday at home. He also ran for a contest-high 81 yards.
Juniors Ralik McPherson and Zabin Morton rushed for 71 and for 51 yards, respectively, with a touchdown each.
Thomas Jefferson is currently in seventh place in its division with 251 power points.
Harry S, Truman – 38, James Madison – 18 (Bowl Conference)
The Mustangs (5-0) compiled 348 yards of offense against host Madison’s defense en route to a dominate 20-point win Sunday.
Senior Ramon Jefferson did the damage on the ground versus the Golden Knights (3-2) with 174 yards, and found pay dirt three times while senior quarterback Justin Harris threw for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
Madison is in the eight slot in its conference with 247 power points.