2003-11-06 / Other News

Chiefs End Perfect Season, Regain Bragging Rights In 40-20 Win Over Vikings

and Neil S. Friedman
By Eric Goodman
Chiefs End Perfect Season, Regain Bragging Rights In 40-20 Win Over Vikings

Chiefs End Perfect Season, Regain Bragging Rights In 40-20 Win Over Vikings


Canarsie sophomore running back Jamal Schulters rushes for a touchdown in Sunday’s game against South Shore for local bragging rights. Canarsie won easily, 40-20. 			            Photos by Richard CohenCanarsie sophomore running back Jamal Schulters rushes for a touchdown in Sunday’s game against South Shore for local bragging rights. Canarsie won easily, 40-20. Photos by Richard Cohen

By Eric Goodman

and Neil S. Friedman

What a difference a year makes.

This time last year the South Shore High School varsity football team was headed for the post season for the first time in three years while the cross-neighborhood team from rival Canarsie High School was eliminated before the playoffs began for the first time in over a decade.


Vikings’ running back Tyrone Battle starts to run after taking a handoff from QB Craig Harris (#11).Vikings’ running back Tyrone Battle starts to run after taking a handoff from QB Craig Harris (#11).

When the two local teams met a year ago, the Vikings broke a 14-year losing streak against Canarsie, and topped the Thunder, the name used by Canarsie High School’s athletic teams in 2002-3, 14-8.

It was obvious before the start of Sunday’s contest which high school had the better team. The Canarsie Chiefs were undefeated in the first seven games of the PSAL season, while the Vikings had only won one game since the season opener two months ago.

However, the local match up turned out not to be as dramatic as the professional grid grudge match taking place simultaneously at Giants Stadium between the New York Giants and New York Jets. The Giants edged the Jets 31-28, while Canarsie easily defeated South Shore, 40-20, to earn the second seed in upcoming PSAL post season.

The victory marked the first time since 1981 that the Chiefs finished a season undefeated. It was also the 150th win as head coach for Mike Camardese.


Canarsie defenders gang tackle Viking split end Darrell Walden. Richard CohenCanarsie defenders gang tackle Viking split end Darrell Walden. Richard Cohen

Senior quarterback Jude Primus had his best game of the season as he threw three touchdown passes, two to senior split end Doyen Grant. Primus was 6 for 8 to total 108 passing yards. Backup quarterback Kevin Lawrence also tossed a touchdown pass when he found tight end Brandon Alexis on a slant pattern for a 75-yard score in the fourth quarter.

"We were finally able to open up the passing game today," said Camardese.

Actually, after the opening kick off, it was quickly evident which team had improved.

Canarsie scored touchdowns on its first two possessions. The first came after they forced South Shore to punt and returned the ball to the South Shore 35-yard line; Primus zipped the ball to speedy sophomore Jamal Schulters for a 31-yard touchdown on a crucial fourth down attempt. The Chiefs led 6-0.

The defense, which had five sacks for the game, chipped in on South Shore’s next possession as senior defensive end James Lawson scooped up an incomplete lateral pass behind the line of scrimmage and ran it into the end zone to put Canarsie up 12-0.

The Vikings answered as senior Bennie Reddish returned the ensuing kickoff 65-yards for a touchdown that cut Canarsie’s lead in half.

The Chiefs came right back when Primus connected with Grant on a 22-yard strike early in the second quarter, for an 18-6 lead.

Although both Schulters and running back Elijah Fleming failed to score a rushing touchdown Sunday for the first time all season, senior Chris Macharie compensated with a 60-yard touchdown run on the Chiefs’ next drive. Fleming followed with a two-point conversion to give Canarsie a 26-6 lead to close out the first half.

The Chiefs scoring continued on the first drive of the second half when Primus hit Grant for his second TD, a 50-yard pass play. Place kicker Darren Austin added the Chiefs’ first extra point of the season, which gave Canarsie a commanding 33-6 lead.

Despite giving up two rushing touchdowns by Viking running back Tyrone Battle late in the game, Canarsie maintained the lead for the 40-20 victory.

What a difference a year makes.

Despite his team’s season record, Camardese refused to get ahead of himself.

"We’ll go as far as our legs take us," said the coach.

South Shore head coach Tommy Salvato was impressed with how his neighborhood rival performed.

"This year Canarsie is a much better team. We simply got outplayed today. I believe that Canarsie has as good a shot as any team in the playoffs to take the PSAL championship this year." Salvato said.

Canarsie is the No. 2 seed, behind Staten Island’s Tottenville High School, in the playoffs. The Chiefs host the Midwood Hornets in first-round action this Saturday.


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