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Tuskers cruise to easy 34-0 victory over JFK

Posted Sunday, October 15, 2006 by .

Unofficial review - see second article below


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(Original publication: October 15, 2006)

SOMERS 2 Kennedy experienced difficulty scoring points in a 34-0 homecoming loss to rival Somers yesterday.

Because of league alignments, the crosstown rivals were meeting for the first time in four years. The teams eagerly had awaited their chance to meet again.

"It was a positive day," Kennedy coach Thomas Povall said. "I was hoping that the score was opposite, but I think overall it was a pretty good day for everybody."

"It's good for the town and the schools. It's just good for both football programs," Somers senior Morgan Abdeinour said.

Somers (4-2) is ranked fifth in The Journal News Class A poll despite having its quarterback, Luke Perito, on crutches with a dislocated hip. Injuries can leave a team stressed, but Tommy McGuire has stepped up and thrown well. He had 41 passing yards against Kennedy, including a 7-yard touchdown to Matt Deiana with under a minute left in the first half.

"Since Luke left, Tommy has a bigger role since he is the only quarterback now," Somers safety Matt Marasco said. "It's now Tommy's show and he has got to run the offense."

The first half was Somers' half. The Tuskers' first touchdown came three minutes into the game on Ethan Tepp's 3-yard run after a high snap had gone over the head of Kennedy's punter, Mark Belfiore.

As the first half progressed, Tepp scored again on a 1-yard run. Rob Lombardo added to the Somers streak with four minutes remaining in the second quarter on a 9-yard run to make it 28-0 at the half.

"Both teams came out fired up. We were psyched to play them and they were psyched to play us," Marasco said.

Deiana, a freshman, finished with 98 yards on nine carries in addition to his touchdown catch.

Kennedy (1-5) had its troubles in the first half, but when the second half started, it was as if a whole new team came out to play.

Kennedy senior Rob Peace had a 30-yard run for an apparent touchdown, but it was taken away due to a holding penalty. Peace had 94 yards on 12 carries for the Gaels.

"The first half, they took it to us. Then in the second half, we stepped up and played them tough," Povall said.

Reach Kristin Leigh Noonan at klnoonan@lohud.com or 914-696-8568.

---------------- UNOFFICIAL REVIEW ----------------------------

It was a very festive (and crowded) gathering where an old rivalry was re-kindled between Somers and JFK who shared homecoming games during this crisp, fall football day.

The excitement and revelry during the pre-game quickly tilted to the Tuskers side at game time though as the Tuskers continued for the 3rd week in a row to draw first blood. JFK may have been pumped up to get the ball first but were quickly deflated as they met the smothering Somers defense who gave them no yards on 3 plays. JFK added fuel to the fire by mishandling a punt snap which ended up on the JFK 3 yard line. Somers pounced on the opportunity with Ethan Tepp going in untouched for a 3 yd TD score and a 7-0 lead less than 3 minutes into the game .

Another deep kickoff by David Totten put JFK on their 22 yd line and another chance to get off the starting line. The Somers D held tight again as they would all day long. In fact, JFK did not make a 1st down till 4 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Interceptions by Dylan Haas and Bryan Carson helped along the way but it was the aggressive gang tackling by all the Somers D which kept JFK at bay all day long. This was truly a team effort !

Most of the Somers scoring occurred in the first half . The second scoring march was courtesy of Tepp, Lombardo & Deiana sharing ball carrying duties as Somers marched downfield relentlessly 5 -7 yds at a time. Tepp eventually added TD # 2 to his stat sheet and the route was on.

Still in the second quarter off of Dylan Haas' interception, Tommy McGuire got into the act with a nice pass play to Von Heyn who rumbled about 40 yds before being stopped at the 2 yd line. Rob Lombardo then carried the load for the final 2 yards and a 21-0 score.

McGuire continued the hot hand towards the end of the half with a swing pass to Deiana who scampered in and made it 28-0 at halftime.

In the second half it appeared that Somers lost some intensity and was just going through the motions offensively. The JFK defense picked it up a notch and kept Somers in check well into the 4th quarter until Ethan Tepp broke out and powered downfield for a big 40+ yd run . This seemed to spark life into the Somers offense as the second unit came in and continued the push with Anthony Kalosieh churning out some good yards. Bradley Poignant capped the scoring drive with a slick 18yd QB keeper to make the final score 34-0 .

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