2007-11-08 / Sports

Chiefs Coast Into Playoffs With 28-0 Win Over Vikings

By Jerry Del Priore

Chiefs Coast Into Playoffs With 28-0 Win Over Vikings


        
        
          
        
          (Above)South 
            Shore defender can't prevent Canarsie receiver from catching pigskin 
            in second 
quarter. (Above)South Shore defender can't prevent Canarsie receiver from catching pigskin in second quarter.The rivalry between South Shore and Canarsie High School Varsity football teams has traditionally been a spirited one. Dubbed the Neighborhood Bragging Rights game, the annual match-up began in 1972, and has grown in intensity ever since. Before last Friday's game, the Chiefs trailed 16-14 in the series.

Although the Vikings (2-7) entered the game as underdogs to the soaring Chiefs (8-1), who were on a seven-game winning streak, the competitiveness for the contest remained intact.

The Chiefs struck first in the first quarter, putting South Shore in an early 8-0 hole. Canarsie added two more touchdowns in the second period to increase the lead to 20-0 at the end of the half.

The Vikings managed to keep Canarsie off the scoreboard in the third period, but the Chiefs reached the end zone one last time in the fourth to widen their advantage to 28-0 and seal the victory - and bragging rights. It was also South Shore's fourth shutout in a terribly disappointing season.

Neighborhood Bragging Rights trophy remains at Canarsie High School for second consecutive year. Neighborhood Bragging Rights trophy remains at Canarsie High School for second consecutive year. Viking quarterback Shaquille Fernandez completed four of eight passes for 44 yards with two interceptions and rushed for 22 more. Senior running back Gerard Colvert led South Shore with 51 yards on 16 carries.

The Viking defense allowed a whopping 354 yards of total offense. However, senior linebacker Stephen Holness was the lone bright spot for South Shore's defense, making 11 tackles, five of which were for loses.

Senior running back Brandon Jones rushed for 121 of the Chiefs' 212 yards, and added a touchdown on the ground. Canarsie senior quarterback Sha Tim Pratt connected on four of seven passes for 142 yards and a score.

While the Vikings' season is over, Canarsie, which had the best varsity football record in Brooklyn and finished in third place in the PSAL rankings. The Chiefs will host Campus Magnet on Saturday at noon in a first round playoff match.

Veteran Chiefs' head coach Mike Camardese is diligently preparing his team for this weekend's showdown with the Bull Dogs.

"We're just working hard to be ready (for Saturday)," Camardese told the Courier . "Now it (playoffs) counts, and anything can happen."

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