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Varsity runs out of time and lose to Foxes 25-20

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Foxes score early and then hang on for 25-20 win over Somers Varsity

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Fox Lane holds off Somers
By JOE LOMBARDI
THE JOURNAL NEWS
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(Original publication: September 10, 2006)

CROSS RIVER 2 It's not exactly what you'd expect to hear from a coach who just won his 100th career game, but Fox Lane's Bill Broggy admitted he wasn't exactly oozing with confidence prior to the Foxes' 25-20 season-opening League A-A win over Somers yesterday.

"I was scared to death," said Broggy, a 1980 Brewster graduate who is 100-75-2 for his career, which includes 11 years at Dover Plains and seven years with the Foxes.

For one thing, Broggy was very concerned about the way his defense performed in a scrimmage at Mahopac earlier in the week.

For another, the game figured to go down to the wire, with the Foxes ranked No. 4 in The Journal News Class A poll and Fox Lane ranked fifth.

And finally, the game 2 scheduled to be played Friday night at Fox Lane 2 was moved to a neutral site 2 John Jay 2 because of weather-related delays in completing improvements to the drainage system of the Foxes' turf field.

Broggy's nerves were hardly calmed when Somers freshman Matt Deiana returned the opening kickoff 55 yards to the Fox Lane 34-yard line.

But then, the Foxes' defense 2 the same one Broggy had questioned 2 pulled together and snuffed out the threat.

"Even though the game went down to the end, I feel like that very first play was the turning point," said Fox Lane senior split end/defensive back Mickey Mangieri, who was one of the leaders of the defensive effort with two interceptions. "The fact we held them after that big return really gave us confidence."

While there were doubts about the Foxes' defense, there was no questioning their ability to score or the fact that in Mangieri, junior quarterback Mike Mathews and senior running back Jay Lucas they may have the most formidable offensive trio in the section.

And they were all on display, with Mathews posting a career high for yards passing with 190 and Lucas rushing for a career-high 176.

"They have a lot of weapons and are hard to stop," Somers coach Tony DeMatteo said. "They showed how explosive they can be. They're probably the last team I would want to open up with because of the firepower they have."

Mathews, who was 10 of 18, completed six of his first seven attempts, including touchdown passes to Matt Newkirk (5 yards), Mangieri (47 yards) and Dorian Dorsey (65 yards), to give the Foxes a 19-0 halftime lead.

"At halftime, I kept thinking back to my first varsity game when we also went up 19-0 on them and then they came back," Mathews said of a 19-14 Fox Lane victory in the 2004 season opener.

But the Foxes held off another Somers comeback attempt thanks in large part to a 1-yard touchdown run by Lucas, who had 30 carries, with 5:44 remaining that extended a 19-13 lead to 25-13.

Somers was unable to recover an onsides kick after sophomore Rob Lombardo (team-leading 60 yards rushing) scored on a 4-yard run with 1:57 left.

"After the scrimmage at Mahopac, we knew what we had to work on," said Lucas, who also starts at defensive back. "We had a real good week of practice and came out and played great."

Reach Joe Lombardi at jlombard@lohud.com or 914-666-6126.

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Unofficial game review:

This was one of those games where only a few key plays will make the difference between a win and a loss. On the opening kickoff it looked like Somers was going to take a quick lead as Matt Deiana streaked down the field for an apparent TD but was tackled from behind at the Fox Lane 30. Somers failed to score on that drive which seemed to set the tone for the first half. The Foxes were pinned numerous times on 3rd and long but somehow found ways to get a first down. By the end of the first half, the Foxes put on quite an air attack and ran up the score 19-0 . It would have been 26-0 but Matt Deiana's interception in the end zone at the end of the second quarter both stopped the Fox Lane attack and gave the Tuskers hope to come back in the second half.

And come back they did. Somers made a few adjustments in the offense and began pushing around the Fox Lane defense with Ethan Tepp piling up big yards on several runs between the tackles. Somers then mixed in some passing with Luke Perito connecting on a 38 yard pass to Evan Von Heyn down to the 5 . Add some bull runs in from Rob Lombardo and quick end arounds from Matt Deiana/Matt Marasco and suddenly the score was 19-13 .

The pivotal moment of the game may have come in the 4th quarter at the 8 minute mark where the Somers D had Fox Lane pinned in their territory facing a long 3rd and 12 situation. If Somers stops Fox Lane, they would get the ball back and most likely drive in for the go ahead score. The Foxes though, dug deep, and executed a QB bootleg which just made it for a 1st down. This eventually lead to their only score in the second half for a 25-13 lead. Somers never gave up and responded again with another 60 yard march downfield for a TD cutting the lead to 25-20. But time was on Fox Lane's side as they ran out the clock securing the win.

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