Mike Dougherty’s game story on Mamaroneck shutting down Carmel:
CARMEL — The sense of relief was obvious when a weary Mamaroneck team took a knee in the end zone after surviving a string of anxious moments.
Daniel Gottlieb threw a pair of touchdown passes in his varsity debut Saturday and the Tigers came up with a series of timely defensive stands during a 14-13 win over Carmel. It was a major boost for a team that graduated 26 players after making the playoffs a year ago.
“It’s just great to show we’re back, that it wasn’t just a one-time thing,” Mamaroneck defensive back Alex Parkinson said.
Neither team was able to get any traction offensively, but the Tigers were at least able to capitalize on a pair of costly miscues by the Rams.
A high snap on a punt five minutes into the game set Mamaroneck up first-and-goal at the 8. Two plays later, Gottlieb threw a fade to Parkinson who exploited a height advantage in the right corner of the end zone for a score.
Dean Delucia added the PAT.
“I came to the sideline (before the play) and coach (Anthony) Vitti said, ‘Throw it up to Parkinson, that’s the play,’ ” Gottlieb said.
Carmel was strong defensively, but managed only 79 yards offensively.
William Lawrence got the Rams back in the game when he came speeding down the right sideline with a punt return, going 36 yards for a touchdown. Nick Azadian’s kick knotted the score with 8:33 to go in the half. The momentum slipped away, though. Parkinson came up with an interception shortly before intermission, and Gottlieb hit Ryan Schudy for an 8-yard score on the next play.
“We knew coming in with all the new pieces on offense, to get moving quickly was going to be tough,” Vitti said. “This game is about taking advantage of the breaks you’re given.”
A big hit on defense got the Rams close. Gottlieb was blindsided as he was about to release a third-quarter pass, and Lawrence scooped up the loose ball on the run, going 48 yards for a score.
“I focused on my key, played the ball, and I was out,” he said.
A bad snap on the PAT attempt let Mamaroneck hang on to a slim lead.
“Special teams killed us the whole game,” Carmel coach Todd Cayea said. “I thought our defense played very well. Offensively, we did some good things, but when it was time for us to make some big plays, we didn’t make them.”