Vikings (1-0) Crush LUHI (0-1) 35 to 6 in Home Season Opener
September 24, 2013Paul D Schreiber High School
A tale of sweet revenge played out on “The Turf” when the Port Washington Vikings flexed their muscle in a pounding lopsided contest against the LUHI Crusaders. It was a very different outcome from the last time these two teams met.
Almost one year ago, in the 3rd game of the 2012 season, the Vikings (7-1 overall 2012) would lose 37 to 13 in their only season loss to a Long Island Lutheran team which eventually went undefeated (8-0 overall 2012); it was a difficult match which was closer than the score indicated and in which a number of Port Washington starters were sidelined due to injuries. Later in the season, the Vikings believed they would their rematch against LUHI in the 8thand final game of the 2012 season, a game intended to match up the teams with the best record in Conference V. But instead, much to the dismay of Players, Coaches and fans, Section 8 decided the Vikings would not be allowed to play LUHI in that game. And as a result, for one year, returning Viking players waited patiently for their opportunity. On Thursday September 12, 2013 at 4:30 they got their chance, and boy were they ready. By the final whistle, there would be no doubt as to the dominant team. Port Washington would halt LUHI’s 10 game winning streak and increase its own winning streak to 6.
From the moment the players got on The Turf there was an energy and electricity that could only be produced by intense rivalry. One Viking player commented “the intensity level of the team before the game completely eclipsed the level of any other game in his experience”. The intensity was reflected in team play.
The Port Washington defense played an excellent game holding the Crusaders to only 186 total yards on offense (147 rushing and 39 passing) and only 6 points in a late fourth quarter score. The defense was lead by: junior David Kinneary LB (4 solo tackles); and seniors Angel Reyes LB (3 solo tackles); Manny Salvatierra OLB (3 solo tackles); Robert Reyes LB (2 solo tackles); and Jermaine Brown DE (1 sack and 1 solo tackle).
On offense, the Vikings racked up a beefy 355 total yards in offense, 249 of which was on the ground through the efforts of Sr. RB and co-captain Mike Gennusa (18 carries/ 86 yds), RB Angel Reyes (12 carries/ 80 yds; 3 TDs) and Jr. RB Marc Livshin (2 carries/ 60 yds 1 TD). The running game was facilitated by outstanding play of the offensive line: seniors Chris Seifert (T), Manny Salvatierra (G), EJ Oldak (T) and juniors Austin Hanover (C), and Elijah Dumpson (G). In the air, Robert Reyes had 2 receptions for 46 yds and 1 TD and co-captain Matt Siegel had 3 receptions for 36 yds from Jr. QB Matt Nicholson (5 completions/ 14 attempts for 106 yds 1TD/ 2 Ints).
For his outstanding game 1 performance on both sides of the ball, Angel Reyes (photo above) was named the ihigh.com player for the week.
From the opening whistle the Vikings took it to the Crusaders immediately when RB/LB Mike Gennusa returned the opening kickoff 58 yards to the LUHI 42 yard line. From there the Vikings powered down the field on the ground capping off the drive with a 3 yard TD run by RB/LB Angel Reyes. WR/K Matt Siegel converted on the PAT to give Port Washington a quick 7-0 lead which would never be caught. Four plays later a punishing and stingy Port Washington defense forced a LUHI fumble recovered by Jr. DE Anton Livshin.
The Vikings went quickly back to work with a 32 yard TD reception by WR/CB Robert Reyes from Jr. QB Matt Nicholson. Siegel again converted on the PAT to give the Vikings a 14-0 lead before the end of the 1st quarter which remained the score at halftime.
Midway through the third quarter the Vikings opened up a 21-0 lead after Port Washington took over the ball on their own 24 yard line and powered down the field on the running of Mike Gennusa and the Reyes twins for a TD capped off by Angel Reyes 17 yard TD jaunt. The Vikings continued their assault and on the ensuing kickoff when Jr. WR/S Haden Quigley recovered an excellently placed squib kick from Jr. K Kevin Sandoval which gave the Vikings the ball on the LUHI 35 yard line. Three plays later on the running of Gennusa and Angel Reyes, Angel Reyes scored his 3rd TD of the day on a 2 yard dive leaving the score 28-0
In the fourth quarter LUHI finally scored their first points of the day on a 8 yd TD run but was unable to convert the PAT after Jr. Khaled Amin blocked the PAT attempt. But the Vikings were not yet done. In the 4th quarter Marc Livshin exploded down the sideline for a 59 yard TD sprint followed by a Siegel PAT for make the final score 35-6. After the game, Mother Nature blackened the skies and exploded in torrential downpour complete with thunder and lightning. But for Viking players, coaches and fans, it may just have been a fitting end for the tempest they had just witnessed.