Reunions, pride and homecoming festivities couldn't help the Vikings as they fell to Carey High School, 14-7. On a cool, sunny Saturday where dozens of former local high school graduates of the Class of 1950, and hundreds of former residents had returned to their old bailiwick, the Carey Colts upset the Port Vikings with a strong, ball-control offense and a patient, tightly-would defensive attack. The Vikings played a heads-on toe-to-toe match up with the Colts, but the magic of the "Pride in Port" celebration couldn't permeate through the field of play for the hometown favorites.
After an inauspicious start for the Vikings on their opening drive, the Colts put together an eight-minute drive that included heavy doses of running plays for their big fullbacks, Matt Corritone and Joe Lianzo. Lianzo concluded the first quarter with a five-yard dart up the middle for a 7-0 lead. Port looked to get back on track with a series of ruches to Ray Ross and Jason Sussman, but a hard-nosed Carey defense didn't yield a successful drice for the Vikings. It looked as if Port would turn it around after they recovered a fumble on their ensuing kickoff to the Colts, but after a number of "keepers" by Bodner, they failed to execute anything long via the pass. Just before the half, the Vikings (on their third possession of the quarter) got a spark from Larry Zaccherio who returned a kickoff 30 yards to midfield. Ross managed a 23-yard run and dashed 12 yards after a successful shuttle completion, but Port couldn't capitalize after being halted by the Colts' linebacking crew.
It appeared as if Carey was going to take control of the game as they entered the third quarter with a 7-0 lead. The Colts propelled a fierce running attack that witnessed Lianzo carry the ball for 60 yards. They drove the ball fluidly into Port territory, but after successful defensive stops by Philippe Guillaume, Larry Zaccherio and Michael Cosolito, the Colts were forced to punt. The Vikings took a page from the Colts' playbook as they mounted a series of ball-control rushes to Ross and Sussman that put them in position to tie the game. On fourth and goal, Spencer Bodner completed the equalizer to Ross and the Vikings pulled to a 7-7 tie as the third quarter came to a close.
Carey countered with more off-tackle runs to Lianzo, Corritone and Ryan Lane as they began the fourth quarter. Their bearish line gave the Colts gaping holes to move through with precision and continuity. They held the ball for another time-consuming drive (eight minutes) that culminated with a one-yard touchdown plunge by Corritone when the four-minute warning sounded. Bodner had little luck with his passing game as he failed to hit Zaccherio three times throughout the first three quarters of the game. It wasn't until Port's final drive that he connected on a 45-yard bomb to Zaccherio. An over-enthused crowd watched and waited for a Viking comeback that would give the Port faithful a delirious victory, but the Carey defense proved to be too much as the Vikings couldn't convert from inside the 10 of their last series of downs. The Vikings fell in a valiant attempt for their third come-from-behind victory, 14-7, but they'll look to get back to their winning ways next Saturday, Oct. 14 at home against Garden City.