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.”
Gaddor paced the Vikings on offense, completing 6-of-17 passes for 78 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Austin Allen was named Moriah’s Most Valuable Player on offense.
Allen accumulated 44 yards and one touchdown on seven carries in the second half.
Aloi was an obvious selection for the Hambletonians’ Most Valuable Player on offense. Entering Friday, the junior had thrown 13 touchdowns in nine games.
“It’s just unbelievable,” Aloi said. “I’m happy we won, and I’m happy we’re going to the Dome. That’s all that matters.”
Young led all receivers with 90 yards and three touchdowns on five receptions. Sadlier added four catches for 87 yards and three touchdowns.
The Vikings finished 7-5 in a season highlighted by a Section VII Class D championship and state quarterfinal defeat of previously undefeated Cambridge.
“I told them they’ve got nothing to be ashamed of,” Tesar said. “Coming down here and playing in the state semifinals is something every player in New York wants to be apart of. We were fortunate enough to be one of those four teams. We just ran into a Chester team that had a little bit too much passing for us.”
Chester will challenge Randolph of Section VI in the Class D championship next Friday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
Chester 55, Moriah 14
Moriah 7 0 7 0 — 14
Chester 14 14 19 7 — 55
C- Young 29 pass from Aloi (C. Wittekind kick), 4:44.
M- Garnica 24 pass from Gaddor (MacDougal kick), 7:53.
C- Suarez 42 pass from Aloi (C. Wittekind kick), 9:34.
C- Sadlier 32 pass from Aloi (C. Wittekind kick), 0:49.
C- Sadlier 8 pass from Aloi (C. Wittekind kick), 10:26.
C- Sadlier 25 pass from Aloi (kick failed), 2:06.
C- Young 32 pass from Aloi (C. Wittekind kick), 5:19.
C- Young 75 interception return (C. Wittekind kick), 7:51.
M- Allen 19 run (MacDougal kick), 10:26.
C- Young 6 pass from Aloi (C. Wittekind kick), 3:20.
C- Volkmer 6-63; Perry 7-40; Young 3-21; Aloi 6-18; No. 23 1-4; Rose 4-(-4). Totals: 27-142.
M- Allen 7-44, TD; Graham 4-15; Raymond 13-11; Harris 1-4; Nadeau 2-4; Pratt 2-(-1); Gaddor 1-(-8). Totals: 30-69, TD.
C- Aloi 13-18-1-250, 7TD.
M- Gaddor 6-17-3-78, TD.
C- Young 5-90, 3TD; Sadlier 4-87, 3TD; Suarez 3-65, TD; Perry 1-8.
M- Garnica 2-39, TD; Graham 1-20; Pratt 2-15; MacDougal 1-4.
C- Feldman: Suarez; Young.
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