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Somers roll past Yorktown

Posted Sunday, September 14, 2008 by Robert Lombardo

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS - Something just wasn't right at the beginning of the week for Somers. The coaches knew it, and the players knew it.

The lack of focus was evident. The practices so infuriated coach Tony DeMatteo that he threw his team off the field. He knew how important last night's game at Yorktown would be, especially after the Tuskers, ranked No. 2 in The Journal News Class A poll, easily defeated Harrison last week.

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"They just weren't doing what they were supposed to be doing and weren't paying attention (in practice)," DeMatteo said. "I guess they thought of what they did to Harrison (that) this would be an easy game."

"We were messing around a little bit," Somers wide receiver Joe Marasco said. "And Coach got frustrated and had us run laps so we'd concentrate on this game a little more."

And while the 41-13 victory improves Somers' record to 2-0, three turnovers (two fumbles, one interception) in the first half confirmed DeMatteo's fears.

But it was Somers' physicality - a reputation that the team is building - that propelled the Tuskers to the win.

Rob Lombardo's three touchdown scores and 115 yards rushing in the first half wore Yorktown down. He finished with 145 rushing yards on 13 carries. Colin Tullgren blocked a punt and Marasco recovered it in the end zone, and Matt Deiana stood up just about every Cornhusker runner who came his way. All that overwhelmed Yorktown.

"We became decimated physically," Yorktown coach Mike Rescigno said. "They wore us down and it's a tribute to their team."

After Somers' first possession saw the Tuskers systematically move the ball down the field and ultimately into the end zone on a 3-yard run by Lombardo, this game seemed eerily similar to last week's when Somers jumped on Harrison 28-3 before halftime.

But this wasn't last week's game, and Somers was made well aware of that on its second possession of the game. Somers again gradually moved the ball up the field, but an interception by Joe Cardone ended that series. After Somers held Yorktown to a three-and-out, a fumble on the punt was recovered by Tom Falcone that set up a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Brendan Brunelle that cut the score to 7-6.

As the first half wound down, two late touchdown runs by Lombardo - 50 yards and 12 yards - sent Somers on its way to its second straight victory to start the season.

The game unofficially ended after Yorktown's first possession in the second half, when Tullgren blocked the Cornhuskers' punt and Marasco recovered the ball in the end zone, extending Somers' lead to 28-6.

"I saw the ball and I tried to get on it quickly before it went out of bounds and they gave me the score," Marasco said.

Now Somers will have to try and maintain that focus for another week of practice after another lopsided victory.

"I just think you play and whatever happens, happens," Lombardo said. "I didn't think we didn't try hard. I just feel if you got out and try hard then things will just happen for you."

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