Vikings Trounce Orange Wave 36-0 For First Win Of Season
Vikings Trounce Orange Wave 36-0 For First Win Of Season By Bill O’Neill
The South Shore Vikings varsity football team won its first game of the current PSAL season, after four straight losses, with a 36-0 trouncing of Jefferson High School at home last Saturday.
Never trailing in the one-sided affair, the Vikings’ offense was led on ground by junior fullback Martin Pascal (100 yds, 2 touchdowns) and senior tailback Kareem Thompson (160 yds, 1 TD).
The Vikings’ stalwart defense, which has not given up more than two touchdowns this year, was anchored by senior linebacker Andrew Reid and senior nose tackle Brian Holness, who totalled 14 tackles, including two sacks). Junior defensive end Justin Graham, who scored a defensive TD, and senior cornerback Richard Cammock also contributed to South Shores’ defensive punch.
In the first quarter, the Vikings took the ball from their own 25-yard line deep into Jefferson territory on the strength of the inside rushes by Pascal and outside running by Thompson. From the two, Pascal barreled up the middle for his first TD and the Vikings led 6-0.
Later in the first quarter, the Vikings scored their second touchdown when Holness sacked the Jefferson quarterback forcing a fumble in the Jefferson end zone as Graham pounced on the loose ball giving the Vikings led 12-0. Thompson took an option pitchout from Vikings, senior quarterback Patrick Chedda for the two extra points and a 14-0 lead.
As the second quarter opened, Cammock twisted, turned and eluded Jefferson defenders returning a punt to the Jefferson 15 yard line. The Vikings drove to the Orange Wave’s 10 where Thompson took an option pitchout from quarteback Patrick Chedda for a score. The conversion attempt failked but South Shore took a 20-0 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Vikings installed backup junior quarterback Ernest Diggs at the helm. After several running plays with Thompson and Pascal, the Vikings found themselves at the Jefferson 2 yard line. Pascal got the call and responded with his second TD as barreled up the middle to pay dirt. After Thompson raced around end for the two extra points, the Vikings had a commanding 28-0 lead.
As the fourth quarter opened, the Vikings pinned Jefferson inside its own 5 forcing a fourth down punt, but Jefferson’s punter mishandled the snap and got caught in the endzone for a safety when he was tackled by Holness.
On the ensuing kickoff following the safety, Cammock eluded defenders on another brilliant punt return to the Jefferson 25 yard line where he fumbled the football. Alertly, a teammate Viking picked up the loose ball and raced into the endzone for the touchdown. The Vikings led 36-0 with just minutes remaining in the game.
The Vikings take their 1-4 record and some momentum to Bayside this Saturday to face the Commodores.