By Jerry Del Priore
Senior running back Darius Thompson was in full effect, as he scampered for two touchdowns in South Shore’s 27-0 romp over the Kangaroos (0-1) Saturday at home in its season City Conference opener.
Though Viking head coach Matt Ciquera never feared losing the contest, he did feel there are areas that his squad can clean up on going forward.
“It wasn’t the best performance in terms of…we had a lot snaps on the ground, mistakes like that,” said Ciquera, who’s in his eight year at the helm of the football program. “We missed a couple of opportunities. We have a more talented group, so I expected us to win this game. I was pleased, but not too excited. I feel we have a lot of things we can get better on.”
Thompson’s first score came on a three-yard touchdown rush, followed by a successful extra point to stake South Shore (1-0) to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Vikings executed a perfectly placed on-side kick, giving them excellent field position. Thompson capped the short drive on a 11-yard TD run, and another extra point banged through the uprights gave South Shore a 14-0 advantage in the first period.
“He’s definitely one of the best skilled players in the city,” Ciquera said of Thompson.
But he noted that the talent doesn’t stop there. “We have some other guys around him that are weapons as well. It’s just not a one man show. We feel we have balance and other guys that can hit you,” with something special, he added.
Junior running back Jaquevious Sam bolted for a long ground score and additional successful point after TD swelled the Viking’s lead to 21-0 late in the first half.
Senior quarterback Ivancile Jules connected with senior receiver Kennith Desir, off a tipped pass in the third quarter, for the team’s final touchdown, resulting in South Shore’s 27-point lopsided victory.
The Vikings host Fort Hamilton Friday at 7: 00 p.m. under the lights.
Watch Darius Thompson almost run back a punt for a touchdown.