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Somers can't stop Beacon ground attack . Lose 29 - 12

Posted Saturday, June 04, 2005 by Tony DeMatteo

Beacon tops Somers
By ALEX MYERS
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: October 17, 2004)

BEACON ? For all intents and purposes, the playoffs started a week early for Somers and Beacon. Coming into the game with identical records, both teams knew it was a lose-and-go-home situation, while the winner would move on to the Class A playoffs.

The Bulldogs took charge on the first play from scrimmage, as senior linebacker Adam McPartland fired through a gap and crunched Tuskers sophomore Evan Tepp for no gain.

That play signified how most of the day would unfold, with Somers managing just 136 yards of total offense in 1 29-12 loss.

"They did a really good job, they played really well," Somers head coach Tony DeMatteo said of Beacon's run defense. "We just got beat. That's the bottom line."

After an opening three-and-out by the Tuskers (3-4, 2-4), Beacon took advantage of good field position and dominated with its ground attack of junior halfback Cory Smith and sophomore quarterback Jeremy Smith. Cory Smith scored his first of four touchdowns on a fourth-down run from 8 yards to put the Bulldogs up 7-0, with 7:44 left in the first quarter.

Beacon (4-3, 3-3) would never lose the lead, mainly due to the legs of Cory Smith, who finished with a career-high 301 yards rushing on 31 carries.

"It was nice for me and my teammates, and we're real proud of each other because today we played together as a team," Smith said.

DeMatteo noted his team's inability to stop Beacon's main runner, who surpassed the 1,000 yard mark in rushing yards for the year.

"He's a step-and-a-half faster than everybody," DeMatteo said of Smith. "He's a terrific back."

Beacon's play under pressure wasn't surprising to coach Tony Truscello, who said his team was used to playing important games.

"In this league, with the teams so even, every game has been like a playoff game this year," he said.

Late in the second half, Somers got its offense going, driving 66 yards in 15 plays. Although 65 of those yards came on the ground, the drive culminated on senior Eric Weiner's play-action rollout pass to an open Nick Gonzalez from 1 yard.

The kick failed, and Somers went to the locker room down 9-6. That was the closest it would get, as Smith added his third touchdown on Beacon's first drive after half.

The Bulldogs face Nyack next weekend in the Class A playoffs.

"We were in the playoffs last year, but we earned it more this season," captain Ali Muhammad said. "Now it's time to take it to Nyack."

Junior Kevin Winters provided the lone highlight for Somers in the second half, with a 78-yard run with 10:11 remaining.

"It's very disappointing," Winters said of the season-ending loss. "I think our team is as good as anyone going to the playoffs."

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