CORTLANDT, N.Y. The Valhalla Vikings fell behind early, recovered to dominate in the second half but fell just short Sunday in a 12-8 loss to the Cortlandt Cowboys.
Hampered by injuries to key defensive players Anthony Demicelli and Jim Harnady, the Vikings fell behind 12-0 after the first quarter before mounting their comeback and building several drives that fell just short of the end zone. Valhallas best chance for a score came when tailback Mikey Ferrara received a toss from quarterback Brody McGuinn and turned the outside corner only to be brought just short of the end zone as the half ended 12-0.
The Vikings again dominated in the second half with McGuinn using fullback Eric Pasqualone up the middle for four and five yard gains behind offensive linemen Jason Smith and Eddie Ritter. McGuinn orchestrated a scoring drive using repeated runs off tackle by Ferrara, Joey Pecora, Pasqualone and himself. Pasqualone scored and Pecora followed it up with a two-point conversion to make the score 12-8.
The Vikings took part in the Valhalla High School homecoming last Saturday, forming a line of honor that the high school team ran through during introductions.
The Junior Vikings enjoyed the opportunity to get up close with the bigger version of themselves and their excitement was evident by the smiles on their faces and the high fives and cheers they delivered to their counterparts, Vikings coach Nill McGuinn said.
Valhalla will play an opponent to be determined next Sunday when the postseason playoffs begin.
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