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Varisty gets into high gear and blows by Brewster 34 - 19

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(Original publication: September 22, 2006)

BREWSTER 2 The hit should have knocked Matt Deiana down in the backfield. Instead, it only seemed to spring the Somers freshman forward.

When he finally stopped running, Deiana was in the end zone with an improbable touchdown. The 33-yard scamper on his team's first possession of the second half sparked Somers to a dominating third quarter and a 34-19 win over Class A rival Brewster last night.

"Matt's the home run, he's a time bomb," Somers coach Tony DeMatteo said. "It's amazing he's in the ninth grade. We consider him a junior, so the good thing about that is he'll be a junior for three years."

While Deiana, who also scored on a 40-yard run and a 48-yard reception from Tommy McGuire, led the way, he had plenty of help on offense. The Tuskers (2-1), ranked No. 5 in The Journal News Class A poll, totaled 373 yards on the ground, including 190 on their 13 third-quarter plays that resulted in three touchdowns.

"We've got a huge line that works really well," said Evan von Heyn, who had 92 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. "Our whole backfield is very strong and very quick."

Ethan Tepp had 79 yards on five carries, and Rob Lombardo added 48 yards and a touchdown on five carries for Somers in what was a must-win game.

"This was a huge win," von Heyn said. "We knew if we lost this, we were out of the playoffs ... Now we have to work hard and hopefully beat Ossining to get the top seed."

Brewster (1-2) led 13-7 at the half on the strength of two passing touchdowns by senior Chris Santos. The quarterback finished with 174 yards and three touchdowns through the air, but it wasn't enough to overcome Somers' strong rushing attack that racked up 21 quick points to start the second half.

"We had a couple breakdowns, but it wasn't the second half, it was just the first half of the third quarter," Brewster coach John Kinnane said. "We spotted them three touchdowns in a six-minute period, and that's what really hurt us."

Junior Zach Badalucco had 107 yards rushing and a 4-yard touchdown catch. Dan Pirraglia and Gary Sorentino also had touchdown receptions.

Morgan Abdelnour led Somers' defense with 11 tackles and three sacks. Dylan Haas added an interception and a fumble recovery that led to the team's second touchdown of the third quarter.

"We were struggling a little defensively, but I didn't think they could stop us," DeMatteo said. "The defense stepped it up in the second half, and once we got the ball, we just kept scoring."

Reach Alex Myers at alemyers@lohud.com or 914-696-8410.


For the first 3 games this season the Somers big red machine resembles a diesel engine . It may take a few turns to get it started but once warmed up it can really motor. Just look at the second half scoring stats where Somers has outscored its opponents by a 57-12 margin . If the coaches can only figure out a way to jumpstart the team in pre-game warm-ups who knows how dangerous they can be......

The game started off similar to the past 2 seasons where Brewster came out hitting hard and controlled the ball most of the first half with a mixture of runs and passes . The Somers defense would bend but not break as the first quarter ended with no score.

Brewster eventually pecked away at the Somers defense till they scored a TD on a fake field goal play for a 7-0 lead . That seemed to stir the Somers fire because on their next offensive series they quickly answered back with a 1-2 punch of Evan Von Heyn (25yd run) immediately followed up by a Matt Deiana 40 yd scamper for a TD and a 7-7 tie. The engine looked like it was really warming up when Dylan Haas intercepted a Brewster pass in the next series and put Somers in great position at the Brewster 40. The offensive attack was stalled but Von Heyn's punt put Brewster on their own 3 yd line. It looked like Somers was in control but Brewster responded with a passing attack and marched downfield for a TD and a 13-7 score at halftime.

In the second half , Somers once again made a few adjustment and really revved up the engine to full speed. It started with a opening kick return by Dieana to the Brewster 45. Von Heyn made a big 1st down on a 3rd and 7 to keep the drive alive which gave Deiana the chance to streak 37 yds for another TD score. In less than a minute, Somers quickly took the lead 14-13.

The defense added to the momentum by stripping the ball on Brewster's first offensive play and were knocking on the door again on the Brewster 20. Von Heyn eventually slashed his way in for a 10 yd TD score and suddenly the Bears were on their heels facing a 21-13 deficit. Once again the Somers defense kept Brewster at bay and giving the ball back to the Tuskers offense . Somers kept the pressure on this time with Ethan Tepp blowing through a big hole and rumbling 65 yds to the Brewster 5 yd line. Robbie Lombardo then banged it in for a TD and a commanding 27-13 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.

In the 4th quarter the Somers D continued to disrupt the Brewster ground game and once again stopped their first offensive march of the quarter. Somers then put the final nail in the coffin with an electrifying 50 yd TD pass play from Tom McGuire to Deiana for a 34-13 lead. Brewster finally responded with a 55 yd march downfield for a TD and cut the lead to 34-19 with 9 minutes to go. As Somers went 3 and out in their next series , Brewster made one last air attack marching downfield to the Somers 30 but were finally shutdown when Morgan Abdelnour sacked the QB and forced a fumble back to the 40.

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