SYRACUSE — Moriah’s chance for redemption and a shot at a state championship fizzled out quickly Friday.
The Vikings (8-4) had no answer for Section VI’s Clymer/Sherman/Panama (11-1) and fell to the Wolfpack, 47-6, for the second consecutive season in the NYSPHSAA Class D title game at the Carrier Dome.
Clymer/Sherman/Panama scored 41 unanswered points before Moriah managed to get on the board and stunned the Vikings.
The Wolfpack’s Connor Cooper scored twice on the ground, while Brendon Ramsey, Bishop Kopta and Gerrit Hinsdale all had one rushing touchdown, and Zavon Overton and Cameron Barmore both recorded one touchdown reception from the arm of Hinsdale.
“We knew they had the capability of running it, and they also have an outstanding quarterback that fakes well and throws the ball well,” Moriah coach Don Tesar said.
“(Hinsdale) has some great receivers. For us, our problem all year long was coverage. We did not do very well in coverage, but they were able to do what they wanted to because their offensive line did a great job for them.”
The Vikings’ lone scoring play came 13 seconds into the fourth quarter when Todd Malbon hit Matt Diehl for a 53-yard score.
That touchdown gave Moriah’s supporters something to cheer about, but Clymer/Sherman/Panama had already done too much damage.
The Vikings trailed, 41-6, at that point and were playing to represent their school and community.
“The kids learned how tough it is to come out and win one of these championships,” Tesar said. “You have to be really good and beat the teams out west.
“I give our kids credit. The boys got a lot of fight in them. They played hard right to the end. They don’t give up.”
After a slow start by both squads, the Wolfpack jumped ahead when Barmore hauled in a 37-yard pass from Hinsdale and took it to the end zone with 2:30 to go in the first quarter.
Clymer/Sherman/Panama piled up 21 points in the second quarter thanks to one rushing score apiece from Cooper and Ramsey and a 3-yard touchdown connection from Hinsdale to Overton.
The Wolfpack held a 27-0 advantage at half.
“That was a challenge at halftime to get the kids back up from a tough half,” Tesar said. “We tried to go in at halftime and regroup. There were a couple big plays where we had them on third down but gave up a big play. There was just a lot of momentum killers in the game.”
Any hopes of a Moriah rally quickly went away when Cooper found the end zone on an 11-yard rush on Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s opening drive of the second half.
Hinsdale scored on a quarterback keeper to put the Wolfpack up, 41-0, before Diehl put the Vikings on the board, and Kopta rounded out scoring for Clymer/Sherman/Panama with an 18-yard dash to pay dirt with 8:21 remaining in regulation.
“I am super proud (of this team) because when we started the season, everyone thought we were the worst team (in a long time),” Vikings senior Braden Swan said.
“Everyone was just doubting us. We kind of proved everyone wrong. It would have been better if we could have pulled out a win, but it is what it is now.”
Maddox Blaise led Moriah with 102 rushing yards, and Swan totaled 20.
After falling to 2-3 after five weeks, the Vikings continued to battle and found a way to turn things around, win a Section VII title and battle to get another chance at a state championship.
While the outcome was not what Moriah wanted, Swan said the future is bright for those returning.
“They can do anything they put their minds to,” Swan said. “They just have to get in the weight room this summer and really want it and put themselves over the top to finally pull one out.”
Clymer/Sherman/Panama 47, Moriah 6
C/S/P 6 21 14 6 — 47
Moriah 0 0 0 6 — 6
CSP- Barmore 37 pass from Hinsdale (kick failed), 2:30.
CSP- Ramsey 26 run (run failed), 10:26.
CSP- Cooper 2 run (White pass from Hinsdale), 5:17.
CSP- Overton 2 pass from Hinsdale (Svetz kick), 1:00.
CSP- Cooper 11 run (Svetz kick), 8:57.
CSP- Hinsdal 1 run (Svetz kick), 3:21.
MCS- Diehl 53 pass from Malbon (run failed), 11:47.
CSP- Kopta 18 run (kick failed), 8:21.
CSP- Sears 7-60; Cooper 10-55, 2TD; Swabik 6-39; Ramsey 2-36, TD; Barmore 1-20; Kopta 1-18, TD; Hinsdale 2-8, TD; Mack 2-7; Gratto 1-2; Wells 1-1. Totals: 33-246, 5TD.
MCS- Blaise 24-102; Swan 7-20; Malbon 6-12; Maye 1-(-4); Spring 2-(-8). Totals: 40-122.
CSP- Hinsdale 9-12-0-119, 2TD.
MCS- Malbon 1-3-1-53, TD; Spring 1-4-1-0. Totals: 2-7-2-53, TD.
CSP- Overton 4-60, TD; Barmore 3-57, TD; Swabik 1-3; Ramsey 1-(-1).
MCS- Diehl 2-53, TD.
CSP- Swabik, Bivins.
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