Here’s Nancy Haggerty’s game story on new-look Clarkstown South’s opening statement:
WEST NYACK — The offensive game plan was all about the run and, indeed, Clarkstown South, led by its powerful offensive line, virtually ran at will Saturday in a 30-7 roughhousing of Fox Lane.
But the play of the game came through the air — one of only two completions tossed by Vikings’ QB Nick Palumbo.
With the Vikings dominating but holding only a 7-0 lead with less than a minute left in the first half, Palumbo hit Eric Margolis with an eight-yard pass to the Foxes’ 25.
He then looked for Margolis again. This time the wide receiver, who was blanketed by Fox Lane’s John Cannon, skied for the ball in the left corner of the end zone and pulled it down to put the Vikings up by two scores with just 19.1 seconds left in the half.
“That was just a huge play for us,” Vikings’ coach Mike Scarpelli said.
There were a lot of huge plays for Clarkstown South, which got on the scoreboard with 6:04 left in the first quarter on a nine-yard run by Hassan Auwater off a Palumbo pitch.
Clarkstown South hurt itself with penalties — flagged seven times to once for the Foxes.
It also fell victim to a new rule. Margolis appeared to have snagged his second TD pass in the third quarter but was ruled out of bounds. Fox Lane was whistled for interference but instead of having the ball first down on the 1, the third-down was replayed from the 8 and Fox Lane held with the Vikings settling for a field goal.
The lone bright spot for Fox Lane was a 62-yard scamper up the middle for a TD by junior running back Lucas Beni.
That occurred with 10:04 left in the fourth quarter.
But David Schiff bulled his way in from seven yards out and then, after Anthony Regina and Christian Katt sacks led to a Fox punt, Anthony Concepcion ran in off a busted play.
“We knew we’d be able to run the ball. We had a great offensive game plan,” said Palumbo.
“Size-wise, I thought we were even (on the line) but, skill-wise on the offensive side I think we had a little more speed,” Scarpelli said.