By Jerry Del Priore
South Shore head coach Matt Ciquera said that his team has more than one offensive weapon, that the opposition just can’t key on one player in order to stop it. The Vikings proved him right as three players rushed for 100-plus yards in their 34-0 thrashing of Fort Hamilton (1-1) Friday night at home in PSAL City Conference action.
Though Ciquera said it wasn’t a flawless performance, he was happy with the way South Shore played overall.
“It was pretty good, for the most part,” Ciquera said after the game. “There were a couple of things I wasn’t too happy about — a couple of snaps on the floor, a couple (of bad) exchanges between the quarterback and backs. We left two touchdowns in the red zone. We had to end up kicking two field goals, but, for the most part, I would say I was satisfied . But I know there’s still a lot of room for improvement.”
Freshman running back Zuberi Mobley led South Shore’s potent ground attack, which complied 386 yards of offense, with 140 yards and two score on 12 touches. Senior quarterback Darius Thompson followed with 111 yards on 13 carries, and junior Jaquevious Sam ran for 104 and a score on nine attempts.
Ciquera sang the praises of his freshman standout Mobley, calling him one of the best kept secrets in the PSAL.
“Honestly, in my opinion, in my eight years coaching here, he’s probably the most talented running back I’ve seen as a true freshman,” he said. “We feel like he’s one of the biggest threats in the city when he gets the ball in his hands, and we’re going to try and do that as mush as we can moving forward.”
While Mobley had a very good game, he said he believes he can raise his level of play after just his first gridiron action of his high school career after sitting out the first game to learn the squad’s systems.
“I feel good. I got my two touchdowns,” Mobley said. “I feel like I can do better. It’s only my first game playing.”
The Vikings (2-0) jumped out to a 3-0 lead as field goal kicker Brandon Smith booted one through the uprights in the first quarter.
Mobley scored his first touchdown of the contest on a 14-yard run early in the second period, followed by a Smith extra point to put South Shore up, 10-0.
Smith banged another successful field goal to give the Vikings a 13-0 advantage midway through the second quarter.
Thompson, who completed 3-7 passes for 46 yards, connected with senior Dangeliq Dyce on a 20-yard TD reception, and Smith hit another extra point to extend South Shore’s lead to 20-0 near the end of the first half.
Not a team to take their foot off the collective gas pedal, the Vikings’ Mobley sliced and diced his way through the Tigers’ defense as he turned the corner and bolted down the sidelines for a 65-yard touchdown run. Smith split the uprights once again and South Shore swelled its advantage to 27-0 in the third quarter.
Sam capped the scoring on a eight-yard rush and Sam hit his fourth extra point in the fourth period for a 34-0 Viking win.
As well as its offense played, South Shore’s defense only permitted 56 yards of total offense. Senior Cameron Desisso led the way for the Vikings with three tackles and two interceptions while senior Jonathan Michel recorded eight stops and a sack in the victory.
“We didn’t do nothing too special, actually,” Ciquera said of the staff’s defensive calling. “We stayed pretty vanilla, for the most part. We feel like we have a pretty good group defensively. We try not to give them too much mentally. We want them to digest what we give them, and their doing that right now. So we’re not really going to break them of that.”
South Shore will face its toughest foe of the young season when it plays Erasmus Hall Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Sid Luckman field.
Kicker Brandon Smith boots one of two field goals, plus four extra points. Watch below.