WEST NYACK – Looks like Napoli’s Pizza will have at least one more order to fill for the Clarkstown South football team this year.
The Vikings, who have a routine of ordering from the nearby pizzeria the night before a game, will get to extend their tradition an extra week after nearly shutting out Mahopac, 24-6, in the first round of the Section 1 Class AA tournament Friday night.
Even after a convincing win on the scoreboard that extended their season, Vikings senior Kyle Samuels was still not satisfied. Mahopac scored its lone touchdown — a reception by Reahl Allen — with 47 seconds left to end the shutout.
“The score looked like a blowout, but it definitely wasn’t. We let them hang in the game,” said the Vikings’ two-way standout, who scored two touchdowns and had an interception in the win. “We should’ve put them away.”
Under an illuminating full moon that broke up a sky blanketed by darkness, the only visible stars to the crowd of 300-plus spectators Friday were on Orlando Field at Coach Scro Stadium.
Samuels opened the scoring with a 43-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter, then grabbed a 35-yard touchdown reception from a leaping Matt Jung in the third quarter. Ryan Thomas rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries.
Clarkstown South head coach Mike Scarpelli stressed the importance of his team keeping with the routine they have established throughout the years — regardless of opponent, or their record, or their seed.
“This might not be a word, but the first round is always the toughest because there is an unexpectedness of toughness from the teams in this round,” Scarpelli said before the game. “It doesn’t matter what high school you’re at, what state you’re in — it’s elimination.”
Soccer player-turned-football kicker Michael Tagaris was perfect for the night, completing all three of his point after touchdown attempts, as well as a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to end the Vikings’ scoring for the night.
It was a rough night for Mahopac (2-5) before the Indians even arrived to field. The Indians’ team buses showed up a mere half-hour before the schedule start time.