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VARSITY SHUTS DOWN LOURDES IN SECOND HALF FOR 21-10 WIN !

Posted Monday, September 18, 2006 by Bill Wortner

SOMERS DEFEATS LOURDES 21-10

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Game review by Journal News - Joe Lombardi

Somers defeats Lourdes 21-10
By JOE LOMBARDI
THE JOURNAL NEWS
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(Original publication: September 17, 2006)

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS 2 With a mix of experienced seniors and promising underclassmen, Somers figured to showcase a backfield by committee this season.

But in the Tuskers' 21-10 League A-A win yesterday over visiting Our Lady of Lourdes at Charlie Murphy Field, that committee may have found itself a chairman.

His name is Matt Deiana.

The 5-foot-5, 150-pound freshman, who was a reserve last season, rushed for a career-high 101 yards as the Tuskers, who received votes but were not ranked in The Journal News Class A poll, pulled away for the win.

"Whenever I get the ball, I just take it upon myself to do whatever I can to help the team however I can," said Deiana, whose 15 carries were more than twice as many as any other Tusker. "I know people see me as being fast and small, but I take pride in the fact that I run hard and take hits, too."

The problem for Lourdes was, you can't hit what you can't find.

"He's a quick little kid," Lourdes first-year coach Mike Lindberg said. "He's tough to find. With their wing-T, he just kind of pops out of nowhere."

Said Somers coach Tony DeMatteo: "Yes, he's a freshman, but we're not holding him back. He's like a time bomb for us."

With 7:21 remaining, he exploded for a key insurance touchdown on a 12-yard run. The Tuskers, who trailed 10-7 at halftime, had taken a 14-10 lead with 43 seconds left in the third quarter when junior quarterback Tommy McGuire scored on a keeper that came after senior cornerback Tim Lewis' interception gave Somers the ball at the Lourdes 8.

Lourdes had tied the score at 7-7 on a 77-yard kickoff return by Ryan Paggi. His scamper followed a 9-yard touchdown run by Somers senior Evan von Heyn that was set up by senior quarterback Luke Perito's 60-yard gain on a keeper. But after a 20-yard field goal by Ryan Elsasser later in the period put Lourdes ahead by three, Somers was held scoreless for nearly 34 minutes.

"I'm not really sure why we've struggled in the first half in both our games (including a 25-20 season-opening loss to Fox Lane in which the Tuskers trailed 19-0 at halftime)," von Heyn said. "But Coach D gave a great speech at halftime. He told us this was a league game, and because we lost to Fox Lane, it was a must-win game."

Reach Joe Lombardi at jlombard@lohud.com or 914-696-8239.

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