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The Vikings learned a significant and painful physics lesson after their 45-17 drubbing at the hands of South Side: force = mass acceleration. Now I'm sure that every one of Schreiber's seniors and juniors have learned that basic equation by now, but they may not have truly recognized the concept of force until South Side demonstrated it last Saturday. They received a clear definition of mass in terms of the South Side players who seemed to outweigh each Vikings' player by an average of 50 pounds. The acceleration factor was exhibited at the hands of a rushing attack and a defensive blitz that seemed to cause a muff or fumble every time a Viking player touched the ball. Football is always a very "physical" contest, but in this exhibition South Side redefined the meaning by using the Vikings as an example.

Vikings making a great tackle. Photo by Bob Ogrudek

With the exception of a few bright spots by the Vikings in the second half, this game would go down as one that the Vikes would very much like to forget. South Side was led to an easy victory by the running of their burly fullback, Bryant Daniels and deft passing by quarterback, Michael Ambort. The game would be long decided before the first half gun, and at one time it seemed hard to believe that this game was actually tied at zero before the opening kickoff. South Side scored on their first series of downs and the Vikings would counter with a 26-yard field goal by Jason Silver midway through the first quarter, but a 6-3 deficit would be as close as the Vikings would come.

Daniels finished the first quarter scoring with a 66-yard dash for the end zone and the rest of the game looked like an exercise in calisthenics for South Side and an exercise in futility for the Vikings. The first half ended with the Vikings down 29-3, and the second half seemed ever more ominous considering the wind-chill factor. The Vikings were able to showcase a little of their pigskin prowess as they tacked 14 points on the board even after the game was out of reach. Dan Pak caught a touchdown pass from Kropacek, and the Vikings caused a couple of fumbles in the game to keep South Side on their toes despite the lopsided score.

Bobby Ogrudek caused a Southside fumble in the third quarter that Danny Maher recovered and ran back for a touchdown. It proved to be a little too late as far as the score in terms of a Viking victory, but it did reveal the hometown work ethic in spite of a losing effort. Perhaps the most disturbing scene occurred near the end of the game when a South Side parent came on to the field to protest a call. It was the second consecutive week that a parent felt compelled to disturb action on the field by making his objections known to the officials. Last week, this kind of belligerence came at the hands of a local parent. Whereas the overwhelming majority of the Port faithful are usually courteous and respectful of both school authority and the officials, let's not forget that it's a football game we're attending, ladies and gentlemen. The operative term is 'game.'


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