VALHALLA, N.Y. The Valhalla Junior Vikings hosted the Ardsley Panthers in a defensive struggle at Vikings Stadium in front of several hundred fans Sunday, falling 14-6.
The day began with the Vikings bursting through a huge Go Vikings sign then on through a gauntlet of cheerleaders on the 50-yard line. Vikings' parent Chris Smith supplied the play-by-play for the game.
Valhalla had an early drive end on a fourth-down play and the Panthers took over from there and marched the length of the field for the first score of the game.
The game became a defensive battle from that point with Valhalla not allowing the Panthers to advance at all. Vikings defenders Mikey Sullivan, Jason Smith, DeSean Clarke and Joey Marmo filled the gaps and made stop after stop. On the offensive side, the Vikings were getting great run production from Eric Pasqualone and Mikey Ferrara but failed to reach the end zone.
The Panthers threw a short screen pass that resulted in a 60-yard touchdown run to open a 14-0 lead in the third quarter.
Down by two scores, the Vikings opened up the passing game with quarterback Brody McGuinn passing to Joseph Pecora and Anthony Demicelli. A pass to Max Cavallo on a McGuinn rollout resulted in an 18-yard gain. McGuinn then called a counter to the left, which freed up Ferrara, who scampered into the end zone for their first score. Pecoras after point attempt then fell just short of the crossbar.
Valhalla will face a yet to be determined opponent next week.
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