KINGSTON — The Moriah football team made it a point of emphasis to slow down Chester’s balanced rushing attack.
But Hambletonians quarterback Vincent Aloi torched the Vikings for underestimating his arm.
Aloi tossed 250 yards and seven touchdowns, tying the state record for touchdown passes in a game, as No. 3 Chester rolled to a 55-14 win in the NYSPHSAA Class D semifinals Friday at Dietz Stadium.
“I give credit to all my receivers, all my lineman,” Aloi said. “I couldn’t do it without them. Brandon Sadlier had three (touchdown receptions) himself. Lawrence (Young) had three. They were running incredible routes, man. They were tearing the secondary apart, and I had all the time in the world to throw.”
The Hambletonians (10-1) struck first when Aloi hit Young on a 29-strike with 4:44 gone in the first quarter.
No. 5 Moriah (7-5) responded when Rainier Garnica hauled in a 24-yard reception from Cole Gaddor two minutes and 59 seconds later.
Then Aloi took over the game.
The junior signal-caller hit Angel Suarez and Sadlier on three consecutive strikes, giving Chester a 28-7 advantage at the halftime break.
With running back Troy Welch sidelined with a shoulder injury, the Vikings could only muster -3 rushing yards on 14 attempts in the first half.
“It wasn’t a matter of Troy not being (in) there,” Moriah coach Don Tesar said. “They controlled the line of scrimmage in the first half. They had some key blitzes that we didn’t pick up that stopped some plays here and there. They all made key plays on that defensive line and the linebacker spots to take away the run.”
The Vikings were unable to reach the red zone after eight possessions in the first half.
They had drives stall inside the 35-yard line on two occasions.
“We had a drive going right after we fell behind 21-7,” Tesar said. “We didn’t come up with any points. That was a big blow. But credit their defense, they came up with big plays when they needed to.”