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Somers stays tough in loss to Fox Lane

Posted Saturday, June 04, 2005 by Tony DeMatteo
Fox Lane holds off Somers
(Original publication: September 4, 2004)

SOMERS ? Fox Lane's Kevin Edmond and Mickey Mangieri will never forget how their first varsity game started.

Thanks to an inspired comeback by the host Somers Tuskers, they'll never forget how it ended, either.

But the speedy sophomores and their teammates wound up pulling out a 19-14 League A-A win ? and breathing a collective sigh of relief last night.

Somers trailed 19-0 after the first quarter, but it held the Foxes scoreless the rest of the way, and scored a touchdown to pull within five with 1:04 remaining before recovering an onside kick to add to the drama. But it was ruled that the kick did not travel the necessary 10 yards, and Fox Lane was awarded possession and was able to run out the clock.

When it was over, Edmond ? who had two touchdowns in the first quarter, including a 66-yard run on the Foxes' second play from scrimmage ? was already talking like a veteran.

"We thought the game was over after the first quarter, and you can't do that," said the 5-foot-5, 130-pound Edmond, who gained 121 yards on 11 carries, with 111 of those yards coming in the first half. "But we're a young team, and I hope we learned from this."

Mangieri had the Foxes' other score on a 61-yard interception return just four minutes into the game.

"I wasn't trying to intercept it; I just wanted to stay in front of my man," Mangieri said. "But after I caught it, all I saw were white (Fox Lane) jerseys, and I just ran."

Edmond's second touchdown came on a 26-yard run moments later ? and despite running just three offensive plays to that point, Fox Lane had a 19-0 lead.

But the Tuskers then got a big lift when sophomore linebacker Evan von Heyn recovered a blocked punt in the end zone. Nick DeBellis' subsequent 2-point conversion run made it a 19-8 game at halftime.

That's how the score stood until Somers senior quarterback Eric Weiner engineered a 90-yard scoring drive that started with less than five minutes remaining.

"Our line is so young, but they did an awesome job," said Weiner, who completed 6 of 8 passes for 88 yards, including 65 yards on that final drive. "We never quit. Coach (Tony DeMatteo) always says that, and that's what we did. I thought we showed a lot of character, especially with a young team (25 sophomores) and this being our first game up in Class A."

"I was worried about our special teams all summer because we haven't been able to practice on our game field (with artificial turf being installed)," Fox Lane coach Bill Broggy said. "We need to work on that. But even when we went up, I knew once Somers got the jitters out, they would come back and play better."

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