Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00
The gridiron wasn’t as frozen as Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. The weather wasn’t as dreadful as it was for George Washington’s troops at Valley Forge. However, in wet snowy weather and under slushy field conditions, the MacArthur Generals (7-1) found a way to endure Mother Nature’s wrath and leave Port Washington with a 50-6 annihilation of the Vikings (0-8) in their rearview mirror. It was MacArthur’s seventh consecutive win.
Generals RB Brett Ellers led the way to victory from MacArthur’s opening drive. He and QB Gerard Cunningham marched their team 62 yards before Ellers capped the drive with an 11-yard TD run. Ellers scored on each of MacArthur’s first three possessions in the first quarter with TD runs of 11, 4 and 17 yards and also contributed three successful two-point conversion runs.
The co-captain and senior added a 5-yard TD run in the second quarter and finished the day with 147 total yards rushing and 4 TDs on 16 carries—all in the first half of the game.
RB Tyler Eppich ran for 60 yards on five carries and added a 29-yard touchdown run to put the Generals up 30-0 before Port Washington finally scored their only TD of the game. Running backs Ryan Scarano (29 yards rushing) and Brendan Smith (61 yards rushing) both rushed for third quarter touchdowns from 23 yards and 1 yard, respectively, to sew up the scoring for MacArthur.
On defense, Eric Schiffman (1 sack), Mike Rotondo (1 interception), Dom Danetti (fumble recovery) and Andrei Dinoro (fumble recovery) led a fierce Generals’ resistance that snuffed out Port Washington’s attempts at mounting an attack.
Neither rain, sleet, snow, nor frozen field could stop the Generals on this arctic-like October day. As it turned out, neither could the Vikings.