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Somers soundly defeats Greeley 28-7

Posted Saturday, June 04, 2005 by Tony DeMatteo
Somers defeats Greeley 28-7
By HAROLD GUTMANN
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: September 11, 2004)

LINCOLNDALE ? Somers, one of the smallest schools in Class A, showed it could compete in A last week when a fourth-quarter rally against Fox Lane fell just short.

Last night, the Tuskers proved they could win.

After Horace Greeley scored on its opening possession, the host Tuskers scored four unanswered touchdowns in a 28-7 League A-A win.

"Greeley's a heck of a team and we showed that we could play in this league," Somers coach Tony DeMatteo. "We just showed what we could do."

Though 10 Tuskers ran the ball, it was the punter who had the biggest impact. Daniel Agostino consistently pinned the Quakers deep in their own territory, while Greeley had two botched punts lead to touchdowns.

"I wasn't worried, we have a lot of athletes and we love to work hard," Agostino said of the team's move from Class B to A. "Now we just have to keep going next week."

The momentum was all with Greeley before the punting game went awry. On its first play, Brett Kaminsky took a sweep 52 yards down the right sideline, and then on fourth-and-nine, Dan Horan avoided a sack and turned the left corner for a 22-yard touchdown run.

Greeley's next possession stalled on its 40-yard line, and on the punt Kevin Winters came around the right side of the line and blocked the kick. Winters recovered at the 15 and ran untouched for to the end zone to make it 7-6. Agostino hit his first of four extra points to tie it.

Somers scored its second touchdown after Greeley snapped the ball over the punter's head. Taking over at the Quakers' 25-yard line, the Tuskers needed two plays before Evan Von Heyn ran it in from 13 yards out.

Agostino took over in the third quarter, pinning the Quakers on their three- and six-yard lines on consecutive possessions as Greeley attempted its comeback.

"That's the hardest thing to get kids to believe in ? the special teams ? and I really think the yards we gained because of the kicking game was astronomical tonight," DeMatteo said. "We won going away because of the kicking game and no other reason."

Somers tacked on two 1-yard scoring runs in the fourth quarter. The Tuskers held Greeley to 50 of total offense in the second half, getting penetration on the quarterback and forcing two turnovers.

"You very rarely see a Coach DeMatteo attack the way they did," said Horace Greeley Bill Tribou, who played for DeMatteo at Roosevelt in Yonkers in the early 1970s. "They were quite aggressive and I think he had them revved and ready to play."

With the win, Somers avoided falling to 0-2 in the league. Now it's Greeley's turn to escape that fate.

"They needed this game and they got it," Tribou said. "We're 0-1 in the league so now we need to do what they did next week at Fox Lane."

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