It's a cakewalk for South Shore
QUINCY - For his 52d birthday, South Shore Voc-Tech coach Derek Mariani wished only for his Vikings to take home their second straight and third overall Small School Vocational Bowl Championship. Mariani must have blown out those candles well, because his team dominated North Shore Tech, 33-18, last night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
"They are very athletic, they are very tough, they have everything you need," said Mariani after the game over a championship rendition of "Happy Birthday."
The Vikings moved the ball up and down the field at will in the first half, averaging more than 8 yards per play. They rushed nine times on an opening drive capped by Frank Mogavero's 5-yard run and conversion run.
After Juan Juan recovered a Viking fumble at South Shore's 27, Dave St. Pierre hit Chris Baker for a 19-yard touchdown pass, but the conversion attempt failed.
The Vikings answered with authority when Eric Austin fired his first pass of the game (on the team's 16th play), a 45-yarder to Daniel Langley, for a touchdown. Jon Sullivan then scored from a yard out to give the Vikings a 22-6 halftime lead.
St. Pierre hit Baker for a 9-yard TD in the third quarter, but the Vikings scored on the third play of the ensuing drive, a 9-yard run by Mogavero.
Bay Path 26, Bristol-Plymouth 6 - Option quarterback Matt Hall seemingly made all the right choices, throwing two touchdown passes to Erik Peterson and running for a TD as the Minutemen rolled to the Large School title at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
"He made a tremendous read a couple times," Bay Path coach Al Dhembe said. "It was a great performance."
The Minutemen drove 71 yards on their opening drive. Hall ran 45 yards on a keeper. Two plays later, he faked a pitch and broke from containment on an 18-yard TD run.