On a cool Friday October evening, the Vikings buried Herricks, 39-7 in an historic contest that witnessed the first night home game in our town's storied football past. Port rushed and passed their way to an easy victory in front of an enthusiastic crowd that nearly doubled its seating capacity. In a tense and often precarious period in our country's history, the Port faithful welcomed the opportunity to break away from the solemn sights of impending war and appreciate the hometown boys in a gala event. Vince Zorskas, Ray Ross, James Sussman, Bobby Kropacek, Scott Udell and Eric Rimsky were the standouts in a game that was decided long before the halftime buzzer.
The game began with a sobering moment of silence to remember former teammate, Justin Bakst who died in a tragic car accident last year, and Pepe Salerno, a former Schreiber graduate who is listed among the many thousands who are still considered missing as a result of the World Trade Center tragedy. After the opening kickoff, the Vikings ran a multi-layered offense of runs and slot passes. Vince Zorskas finished the Vikings opening drive with a 30-yard touchdown run to put the Vikings ahead, 6-0. Zorskas would finish the game with a tremendous ground attack by gaining 170 yards on a mere eight carries. After his extra-point failed, Jason Silver succeeded in converting a surprise on-side kick with Zorskas recovering the kick to maintain possession for Port.
Jason Sussman finished the second drive with a 15-yard touchdown run to give the Vikings a 12-0 lead, but a two-point conversion failed the Vikings this time. At the beginning of the second quarter, QB Scott Udell moved the Vikings easily through the Herricks anemic defense with short passes and alternating handoffs to his versatile running backs. He would conclude this drive with a 23 yard touchdown completion to Ray Ross. After yet another failed two-point conversion, the Vikings were half way through the second quarter with an 18-0 cushion.
Port's Marlon Bermudez distinguished himself on defense with nine tackles and as a result, Herricks could establish anything offensively. On Port's ensuing drive, Chris Cosolito concluded the half with a 17-yard touchdown run and the Vikings finally realized a successful two-point conversion from Kropacek to Danny Maher. The Vikings went into the half with a 26-0 lead, and the only doubt in their minds was whether or not they could shut out the opposition for the entire game.
The second half came down to a matter of Port dotting their "I's", and crossing their "T's." The victory was clearly in hand if not the final score. Ross gained another touchdown via a ten-yard catch from the capable passing of Bobby Kropacek. Silver then converted the extra point. Eric Rimsky concluded the Port scoring with a 55 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. A 24 yard run however, by Herricks' Iseneri kept them from putting up a goose egg for the entire contest. The 39-7 victory was clearly lopsided, but given that their next week's opponent is Mepham, hopefully this win will inspire the Vikings to be up to the task of taking on a very formidable opponent.