VALHALLA, N.Y The Valhalla Jr. Vikings traveled south Sunday for a doubleheader at Tuckahoe and came home with two victories over the Tigers.
The Vikings third- and fourth-grade squad used a touchdown pass from quarterback Cade Canas to receiver Joe O'Neil and then left the rest of the game to a stubborn defense led by the able tackling of Steven Spota and Danny Tammaro, who each made game-saving stops in the 7-0 victory.
The fifth- and sixth-grade Vikings opened the game with a 60-yard scoring drive that ended when Sebastian Pacheco gathered in a long bomb from quarterback Brody McGuinn then ran into the end zone with a couple of Tuckahoe Tigers at his heels.
The Vikes defense was again exceptional in the second game with Brian Cusi, Brett Dolan, Richie Nagashima, John Mennonna and Matt Connolly stonewalling every play up front, while Jordan Rush and J.J. Gooden patrolled the defensive backfield.
Valhalla's offense continued to roll while mixing up runs and passes to Joseph Pecora, Pacheco and Brooks. The Vikes also showcased a new weapon with Marco Mazza kicking after points with great success. Tuckahoe was able to score in the third quarter on a fumble recovery for a touchdown late in the game.
The Vikings, including the flag football team, play a night tripleheader Saturday under the lights at Viking Stadium in Valhalla. The junior (3-4 age group) squad will be taking on Pleasantville and the older boys (5-6) will host Bronxville in the nightcap.
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