By Jerry Del Priore
South Shore surrendered a quick, long passing touchdown to the Pirates on their first defensive series of the game, putting it in an early 7-0 hole.
Vikings head coach Matt Ciquera said the team made the wrong call on defense, which left the Tottenville receiver wide open for the score. The touchdown set the tone for the tilt, as countless mistakes led to a 19-8 defeat to the Pirates in a City Conference tilt Friday night at home.
“We just shot ourselves in the foot every which way tonight…really, honestly,” Ciquera said after the game. “That’s kind of what it came down to, and the holding (penalties), obviously, aren’t going to make it easier on us. It was first and 20 every time we started a drive. It’s tough to get some momentum going.”
Tottenville extended its lead to 13-0 on a two-yard TD run early in the third quarter.
South Shore would make a game of it, however, blocking a punt, which a Pirate player kicked out of bounds at their own five-yard line, a play that should’ve been called for a penalty.
However, the refs missed the call. Not to the let the excellent field position fall by the wayside, South Shore senior quarterback Jason Martin capped the short scoring drive when he willed his hulking body into the end zone on a three-yard rushing score.
The touchdown sliced the deficit to 13-6, and the Vikings followed with a successful two-point conversion run that narrowed the gap to 13-8 early in the fourth period.
With momentum seemingly shifting, South Shore’s defense failed to capitalize and stop the Tottenville express, as it marched its way down the gridiron. A 40-yard completion by Pirate signal caller Jason Feldman moved the ball to the Vikings’ 21.
The South Shore defense, though was up to the challenge, for the moment, pushing Tottenville back to the 32. Unfortunately for the Vikings, the Pirates pushed the pigskin into the red zone, setting up a 15-yard touchdown pass from Feldman that capped the scoring at 19-8 with 2:48 remaining in the game.
Not one to complain about the officiating, Ciquera did believe there was a penalty disparity.
“It constantly felt like every drive we were behind the sticks, he said. I don’t know what the total penalty yardage was, but I counted two holdings on them, and we were in double digits.”
Ciquera didn’t discounts his team’s plentiful mistakes, however, which ultimately led to its demise.
“We had a lot of dropped passes, and he (Martin) missed of couple of passes,” Ciquera explained. “We moved the ball, but didn’t finish drives.”
Though Martin only threw for 28 yards, he did rush for a game-high 175 yards with a score. Senior running back Deron Gordon amassed 111 yards on 16 carries.
Senior Giovanni Denard paced South Shore’s defense with six tackles (two for losses) and a sack.
South Shore travels to the Bronx Saturday to face Clinton for a noon affair.