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After three weeks of poor performances, the Vikings exploded for a 35-14 victory over the Herricks Highlanders. The Vikings got back to their winning form with a tough defense, strong special teams, and inspired performances by quarterback Spencer Bodner and running back Michael Cosolito. Port's effort focused on moving the ball across an inferior Herricks' defensive line that appeared to be on its heels throughout the entire contest. In their last game, the Vikings were overmatched by Garden City's line. Well, the Vikings took a page from that Trojan attack by employing a run offense that was too omnipotent for the Highlanders to counter.

Vikings exploded this week. Photo by Bob Ogrudek

The Vikings got off to a fast start with a Spencer Bodner 33-yard off-tackle run that set up a quarterback keeper which put them ahead 7-0. After a quick three and out, the Port offense motored ahead with keepers and runs by Cosolito. Another Bodner splash put the Vikings ahead 13-0 and Herricks became unglued. The Highlanders couldn't get anything started on offense due to the fact that they couldn't manufacture a runback on subsequent kickoffs. Herricks' poor field position can be credited to the boot of Port kicker Jason Silver and good pressure defense by the Vikings which led to a safety and 15-0 lead.

The Vikings put the game out of reach on their next set of downs that featured a 20-yard run by Cosolito and a three-yard burst by Ross which gave Port a 22-0 lead. One more touchdown by Bodner left the Highlanders scratching their heads as they went into halftime with 29 point deficit and no resolve for a relentless Viking offense. The Vikings cruised into the second half with a demonstratable lead and a "no let up" attitude in their approach. Port did alter their offensive scheme a bit as they designed more plays for running back Michael Cosolito who rushed for an excess of 130 yards and the Vikings' final touchdown.

The Highlanders did not wave a white flag in the second half as they mounted two touchdown drives (including a 55-yard conversion) and a third which fell just short. Port did show a great deal of resiliency and good judgment by not running up the score. The Vikings improved their record to a respectable 3 and 3, and they will hope to maintain this momentum when they take on MacArthur next Saturday, the 28th, at home.


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