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Valhalla Jr. Vikings Topple Ossining Indians

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- The Valhalla Jr. Vikings ended their season on a high note Sunday by defeating the Indians of Ossining 13-12 on home turf at Viking Stadium with approximately 200 fans in attendance.

The Indians scored first and failed to convert their point-after attempt for a 6-0 lead, but the Vikings answered with a sustained drive made up of traps and dives with work-horse fullback Eric Pasqualone handling the rushing load, gaining yardage up the middle.

In scoring range, quarterback Brody McGuinn ran a “26 Power Reverse” play, faking an inside handoff to Joe Pecora and giving it to speedster Mikey Ferrara heading the opposite way. Ferrara ran around left end with Jason Smith, Mathew Connolly, and John Menonna clearing a path that led all the way to the end zone. Pecora’s failed after point left the score knotted at 6-6 going into halftime.

In the second half, Valhalla drove 70 yards, mixing the running game with sharp passes from McGuinn to tight end Max Cavallo, wing back Anthony Demicelli, and Pecora out of the backfield. The Vikes scored when Pecora, falling forward, pushed the nose of the ball over the goal line. The conversion was successful and the Vikings led 13-6.

Ossining took over and drove for a touchdown of its own to pull within a point of the Vikings at 13-12. The Vikings defense then stiffened with Mikey Sullivan, Joey Marmo, and Smith stuffing the runner just short of the goal and squashing the game-tying conversion.

Leading by a point with two minutes to play, Valhalla needed a first down to run out the clock and ice the victory. Coach Fred Feit called for McGuinn take the snap and follow center Mike Sullivan up the middle, resulting in gains of seven and five yards. McGuinn then took a knee as time expired.

According to team spokesperson Bill McGuinn, “the game was as exciting as the Giants game later Sunday afternoon. The crowd erupted when the game ended.”

Valhalla will participate in the Westchester Youth Football League All-Star game next week, followed by the annual Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving.

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