Moriah in Final Four

Moriah has reached the state football semifinals again.

The Vikings defeated Section II champion Cambridge, 14-6, in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D tournament Nov. 13 to earn another trip to the Final Four.

Moriah has reached the state championship game each of the past two seasons.

The Vikings, 8-1 on the season, played Section I champion Tuckahoe Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. at Dietz Stadium in Kingston hoping to secure their third straight trip to the title game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

Moriah relied on a dominating performance along the line of scrimmage to beat Cambridge. On offense the Vikings ground game accounted for 242 yards as their line controlled played. Moriah only attempted four passes, completing one for 35 yards. On defense the Viking line also proved stout, holding Cambridge to 111 yards rushing.

Nick Gilbo, Moriah's bruising fullback, led the way. He ran for 170 yards and scored both touchdowns for the winners.

Moriah scored on its opening drive as Mike Speshock completed his only pass of the day, a 35-yard strike to Ryan Mascarenas, to set up the Vikings. Gilbo capped the drive, crashing into the end zone from a yard out. Mascarenas booted the extra point for a 7-0 advantage.

The Vikings stretched their lead to 14-0 in the second period when Gilbo, a short yardage specialist, broke free for a 50 yard TD run. Mascarenas again added the PAT for a 14-0 edge.

Cambridge took advantage of a Moriah penalty to get back into the game. Matt Best capitalized on the break for Cambridge, breaking free for a 40-yard TD run and making it a 14-6 game.

Cambridge, which averaged more than 40 points a game this season, kept pressure on the Moriah defense. Cambridge drove inside the Moriah 30 yards line four times only to be denied by the Vikings.

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