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An overflowing "Homecoming Day" crowd of more than 1500 watched Port overcome a 26-22 half-time deficit to defeat Valley Stream Central 42-32. The victory brought Port's record to 4-1 and lifted them into second in the Conference behind Garden City. Much of the credit for the win goes to two of Port's unsung heroes; sr. QB Aaron Shkuda (8 of 9 completion's for 115 yds. and two touchdowns), sr. wide receiver Charles Perry (6 receptions, 3 touchdowns, one a punt return for 60 yards). jr. full back Frank Zaccherio (rushed for 152 yards and scored 2 TDs). Viking's premier running back Jason Ham added 124 yards on 18 carries and scored a touchdown. The individual heroics displayed by the Vikings electrified the crowd from start to finish. The team put on a great show for the returning alumni.

Port's postseason play-off hopes were raised another notch with Saturday's win. Three tough games remain to be played. This week Port travels to take on the Conference's number two seed Calhoun (0-5). Don't let the bad record fool you! This is a must game for Port and Calhoun will be looking for a little respectability. The following week Port will travel to Elmont (3-2) and wind up the season at home facing an ever-dangerous N.H. Park (4-1). The top four teams in the Conference based on a Power Rating System, not won-loss record will qualify for the play-offs. (See Conference standings below)

The Vikings are poised to make Port football history. Port's last winning season was 1983 and have not made a play-off appearance since the late 70s. While both goals are within reach, there is very little room for error. All of Port's wins this season have been by narrow margins (4, 6, 8 and 10) points. The home team will have a distinct advantage at these next two away games. Let's get a couple of hundred Port rooters out and level the playing field. This team deserves the support.

Last Saturday's game was a see-saw battle that saw a total of 74 points being scored. Fortunately for Port, they made the necessary adjustments in the second-half to overcome a 26-22 deficit. Port fell behind when Valley Stream's Jim Kelty stunned everyone with a 83 yd. kick-off return for a TD. Port came right back minutes later when Charlie Perry returned a punt 60 yds. for a TD. Valley Stream wasted little time and mounted a scoring drive that took only nine plays. On the very next series Port retaliated with Shkuda hitting Tome Love for a long gain then three plays later threw a strike to Charlie Perry for a TD. Dembala's two PAT conversions gave Port a slim 14-12 lead. Just as soon as Valley Stream took possession, their QB Rechler caught Port's secondary off-guard and connected with a 65 yd. TD pass. Two minutes later Valley Stream recovered a Ham fumble and quickly capitalized with their fourth TD in the half. They added a two point conversion and led 26-14. Port added their third TD on the next possession. After Ham picked up 40 yds., Shkuda lofted a 30 yard strike on which Perry made a diving catch in the end zone. Shkuda hit Love for the two point conversion and Port trailed 26-22.

Runningback Frank Zaccherio led Port's resurgence in the second-half, gaining 140 of his total 152 yards. Port built up momentum and scored on three successive possessions. Midway through the third quarter, Zaccherio put Port ahead with a 40 yard TD run. Shortly thereafter, Ham increased Port's lead on a 40 yd. Port's final score in the first play of the fourth quarter when Zacccherio bolted up the middle and raced 39 yds. for the TD. At this point had a comfortable 42-26 lead. V.S.C.'s final TD was scored on a short run after long gains in the air.

W L PWR
Garden City 5 0 140.2
Port Washington 4 1 124.0
New Hyde Park 4 1 122.2
Carey 3 2 120.0
Division 4 1 116.4
Elmont 3 2 108.2
Hewlett 3 2 108.2
*Top 7 Team Only



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