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The Port Vikings kicked off their football season with a bang as they routed Bellmore JFK High School, 37-0. The Vikings, who look poised for a winning season after last year's sub-par performance, left the Bellmore Cougars in the dust with a simple game plan: run, run and run again. Before the Cougars knew what hit them, they were behind in a game that would soon turn into something less than a contest. Michael Cosolito, Ray Ross, Jason Sussman and Chris Cosolito all contributed to a running attack that put the Vikings into the end zone early and often. The Port defense would also stymie and neutralize both the run and pass options of Bellmore all day.

Port began the day with a series of running plays to each of their four backs in order to keep the Cougars guessing as to the configuration of the Port offensive scheme. Sussman, Ross and both Cosolito boys penetrated the Cougar run defense with successive seven, five and nine-yard gains but came up short with the forward pass. This proved to be one of the few times that Cougars could stop the Viking attack. Chris Cosolito immediately intercepted Bellmore's first pass from scrimmage, and the Vikings began the subsequent drive with good field position. With a succession of short runs and another incomplete pass, the game looked as if it might be filled with missed opportunities.

Bellmore's attack was anemic at best and after several runs from Port's versatile backfield, Ray Ross put the visitors on the board with a 30-yard catch to give the Vikes a 7-0 lead. The rest of the half would be characterized by a series of "three-and-outs" and as a result, the game looked as if it would remain low scoring. The end of the second half would prove to be the virtual dagger in the heart of Bellmore JFK as Port put up 21 points in the remaining few minutes. Michael Cosolito gained 20 on one run and Ray Ross immediately followed it with a 10-yard touchdown run of his own. Bellmore fumbled on their ensuing drive, and Chris Cosolito returned it Bellmore's 17.

Jason Sussman ran around the end for a 17-yard touchdown, and Michael Cosolito put the icing on for a 2-point conversion. With Port leading 21-0. The Bellmore club collapsed and tossed another interception on their following drive. Michael Cosolito easily broke through for a 5-yard touchdown, and the Cougars were looking for the field exit. Port quietly finished off Bellmore in the second half highlighted by a 40-yard field goal from Jason Silver and a 15-yard touchdown run by Chris Cosolito. The Vikings face a tough Garden City opponent next Saturday, and they don't want you to forget their first Friday night home opener against Herricks on Oct. 5. On a more poignant note, the Vikings are dedicating their season to former tackle Justin Bakst who lost his life in a tragic car accident less than a year ago.


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