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Somers loses heartbreaker to Lourdes 40-34

Posted Saturday, June 04, 2005 by Tony DeMatteo

Lourdes defeats Somers 40-34
(Original publication: October 2, 2004)

LINCOLNDALE ? With eight seconds remaining and his team trailing by a point, Lourdes quarterback David Little spotted wide receiver Will Conboy all alone on the left side of the field.

With the ball on the 1-yard line, Little was supposed to try to sneak the ball in himself for the winning touchdown. But when he saw Conboy, he checked out of the play, stepped back and threw the easiest touchdown pass of his life to give his team a wild 40-34 League A-A victory over Somers last night.

It was a stunning end to a remarkable game, one that saw the Warriors score 27 unanswered fourth-quarter points to record their first win of the season and spoil Somers' homecoming night.

"I went into the huddle and I told the guys, 'Give me time and we will make it happen,' " Little said of the comeback. "Playing in front of the homecoming crowd pumped us up."

Somers (2-3) had taken what appeared to be an insurmountable 34-13 lead on a 6-yard touchdown run by sophomore fullback Ethan Tepp ? his third touchdown of the game ? with 10:59 to play.

But that was when Lourdes (1-4) began its furious rally. Little and Conboy connected on a 4-yard touchdown pass less than two minutes later, set up by a 70-yard catch-and-run play by Conboy.

After stopping Somers three-and-out, Lourdes cut the deficit to 34-27 with 4:06 remaining on a 2-yard touchdown run by Nicholas Hoxsie. It was set up by another long completion from Little.

The Warriors then recovered an onside kick and drove 37 yards in eight plays for the tying score. At least it seemed like it would be the tying score until Tim Irwin missed the extra point wide left.

The valiant rally looked as if it would fall a point short as the Tuskers prepared to receive the kickoff, leading 34-33 with one minute to play.

But that's when Lourdes pulled another miracle, recovering another onside kick. Starting at midfield, Lourdes drove to the Somers 1-yard line and seemed poised to run the quarterback sneak. Except that Somers was so intent on crowding the line of scrimmage that it forgot to cover Conboy, who waltzed in with the winning score.

When Somers' last-gasp attempt on the ensuing kickoff ? a play reminiscent of the famous Cal-Stanford play, with at least a half dozen laterals ? fell short, Lourdes could finally celebrate.

Somers sophomore halfback Tim Lewis was the one tackled with the ball and was injured on the play, casting a pall over the game's end. He was taken off the field by ambulance to Northern Westchester Medical Center as a precaution.

Somers coach Tony DeMatteo credited Lourdes with never giving up.

"I take my hat off to them ? they never quit," DeMatteo said. "They played the way a football team is supposed to play. We're on the losing end of it, but as a coach all of these years, it was a pleasure to see kids do that because these days, most of them would have gone in the tank."

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