In a game that fans thought was to be a blowout, turned out to be a tightly wound contest of open runs, hard nosed tackles, and some very ugly ball-handling on both sides of the line. In the traditional spirit of homecoming weekend, the Vikings upheld its end of the bargain by beating Great Neck South 21-14. There were many standouts as usual for Port including: Scott Udell, Michael Cosolito, Jason Sussman, Ray Ross and Chris Cosolito. The Rebels didn't have much to celebrate except for scoring their first points of the year. No, that's not a typo. Apparently, much of the league has been using the Great Neck South squad as tackling dummies this season, but if Port didn't get their act together in the second half, the Vikings might have been victims of the worst joke all season.
The Vikings began with a steady complement of both runs and passes throughout the Rebel defensive line. Scott Udell was the field general this afternoon and the Vikings drew first blood with a 27-yard touchdown run by Ray Ross. Jason Silver kicked the conversion, and Port moved quickly ahead 7-0. The second quarter began like a carbon copy of the first as Michael Cosolito led the running attack with 98 yards on the day and Port's second touchdown on a four-yard burst. With the score 14-0, the crowd began to settle in to what looked like a day at the beach for the hometown faithful. Great Neck South would not capitulate however, and the Vikings soon found themselves back on their heels.
The Rebels responded with their first touchdown of the year when Ronchetti scored on a 14-yard pass from Sudberg. With the score now 14-7, and the Rebel players celebrating as if we'd just declared victory in the Middle East, the Vikings were prepared to counter with a few running selections of their own. On a muffed pitch to Michael Cosolito, the Rebels recovered the fumble, and set themselves up for an equalizer when they got on offense. Great Neck's Jamie Hill ran 17 yards for a touchdown with under two minutes left in the half, and the Vikings were scratching their heads. When Port resumed its offensive scheme, Jason Sussman (gained 82 yards on the day) fumbled the ball and the Vikings were just glad to hear the halftime gun.
The second half was chock full of sloppy plays, ball handling, and poor execution as each team traded turnovers. As soon as one team was in position to assimilate yardage and drive for the end zone, they'd cough it up. The Vikings managed to hold on to the ball however for the go-ahead drive that would ensure them the victory over the Rebels. With handoffs going primarily to Sussman in the second half, the Vikings gave one to Chris Cosolito who made a four-yard dash into the end zone to put them on top for good in the closing minutes of the third quarter. Ineffective tackling, blocking and time management would reflect the entire fourth quarter for both clubs. Port's penchant for killing the clock had dashed the Rebel hopes for good. The Vikings are now 3 and 2 and they'll face a tough South Side team next week at home.