By Jerry Del Priore
There’s an old football adage that goes: it’s hard to defeat the same team twice, especially if you’re facing it again in the playoffs.
For No. 1 South Shore (9-0, 2-1), that saying came true, as second-seeded Erasmus Hall crushed the opposition, 34-7, in the PSAL City Conference Championship game Tuesday night at Yankees Stadium.
In the third game of the season, the Vikings enjoyed a thrilling 20-12 victory over the Dutchmen at Sid Luckman Field.
However, E-Hall came to play this time.
The Dutchmen (8-1, 3-0) scored first on a run by junior quarterback Jordan Armstead for a 7-0 lead at the 7:57 mark of the first quarter.
Armstead connected with junior wide receiver Justin Bellidoon on a 35-yard TD pass that increased Erasmus’ lead to 14-0 at 2:42 of the first period.
South Shore, aided by a big run by senior signal caller Darius Thompson and several penalties against the Dutchmen, wound up at the opposition’s four-yard line.
Thompson wouldn’t be denied, as he hit pay dirt on a four-yard touchdown rush, slicing the deficit to 14-7 with 10:48 left in the second quarter.
Much to the Vikings’ dismay, though, Thompson left the game in the second period due to an injury and did not return.
Needed a big defense stop and morale boost, South Shore’s “D” did anything but that, as it surrendered a 30-yard touchdown run, up themiddle, to Andre Hines, staking Erasmus to a 21-7 lead at the 10:28 point of thirdquarter.
For good measure, Hines scored again, this time on five-yard rush, extended the Dutchmen’s advantage to 28-7 with 3:17 left in the third period.
Things went from bad to worse, as the Vikings botched a kickoff return, which E-Hall recovered at the opposition’s 26.
After a few plays, Erasmus capped the scoring on a touchdown by senior wide receiver Andrew Thomas midway through the fourth quarter.
Though things didn’t turn out exactly the way South Shore had envisioned, nothing can take away the excellent campaign it had.
But luck next year.