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The MacArthur Generals must have been disgruntled Met fans! Why? Because they played like a team with something to prove. Unfortunately, the Vikings didn't play like the Yankees as they were blown off the gridiron, 42-7. There were some spectacular plays executed by the Vikings, but this was hardly a contest by the end of the first half. MacArthur's Jon Birsner, Justin Anderson, and Dan Sullivan all put on "five star" performances in pursuit of the victory as each of these boys proved to be too much for Port to handle.

Vikings had a tough game. Photo by Bob Ogrudek.

The prospects of a victory appeared promising for the Vikings as running back, Michael Cosolito exploded for an 80-yard touchdown run on the very first play from scrimmage. The Generals didn't know what hit them, but they didn't lose their composure as they stuffed the cheers back down the throats of the Port faithful on the ensuing set of downs. After a steady diet of rushing plays, the Generals pulled even on a two-yard plunge by Anderson. After an unsuccessful offensive push by Port, the Generals took control of the game when they blocked the Vikings' punt and converted it into six points.

The Vikings didn't fall back and play dead as they too selected a gamut or running plays. They designed a series of off-guard rushes for Michael Cosolito (who rushed for 194 on the day) and the Vikings looked as if they were back in business. The icy chill precluded any hope of a successful aerial assault as the football becomes difficult to grip in such climate. The critical play of the game came near the beginning of the second quarter as the Vikings were driving for the equalizer. On fourth down and four, Bodner's pass resembled a wounded duck as cornerback Dan Sullivan intercepted it and ran all the way back for what would a be 21-7 lead, and the back breaker for the Vikings.

The rest of the game looked like an exercise in calisthenics for the Generals as they pushed Port around with an invasive defense and an impenetrable offensive line. They moved the ball effortlessly and with dispatch in the second half. They piled on the points with an array of "blitzkrieg-like" plays that included a 53-yard run by Anderson and a 69-yard run by Birsner. The Vikings stopped the bleeding, but unfortunately for the "blue and white," it was not until they were down 42-7 before the start of the fourth quarter. Let's hope that the Vikings can pull to a respectable 4 and 4 with a victory next week at Hewlett.


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