November 21, 2008

Moriah moves on to state final

Moriah beats Tuckahoe 21-6 to earn spot in state Class D final

KINGSTON — It's on to the Carrier Dome for the Moriah football team.

Jim Carlson and the undefeated Vikings will become the first team in school history to reach the state championship game following a 21-6 triumph over Tuckahoe in a NYSPHSAA Class D semifinal game Friday at Dietz Stadium.

Moriah had to battle its way through a tough Tuckahoe defense — a defense that was able to slow down the Vikings' stout running game for a few series throughout the game.

"This team made us work for our yardage," said Moriah head coach Don Tesar. "Jim (Carlson) got hit today."

That, however, didn't stop Carlson from taking advantage of more than a few opportunities, including an option play which saw him take the ball 47 yards into the end zone for his first of two touchdowns, putting Moriah up, 14-0, in the first quarter.

"It's something I saw on tape," Tesar said. "We don't run option very much, and when the kids asked me which way, I told them 'this way' because there was no linebacker there."

The Tigers made an adjustment that put a linebacker in position to prevent giving up a similar play for the remainder of the game. But, the damage was already done.

"The quick 14 points in the first quarter was big," Tesar said.

Carlson, who rushed for 152 yards, was quick to cite his offensive line's play as a huge reason for his success running the ball not only in Friday's game, but throughout the year as well.

"If it weren't for them, we wouldn't be where we are and I wouldn't have the yards and touchdowns I have," he said.

Tuckahoe responded with a running score of its own by Jarrett Sommer near the end of the second quarter, but Moriah went into halftime with a 14-6 lead thanks to Carlson's score and a 12-yard touchdown run by Tyler Blaise early in the first.

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