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Somers continue to Impress 45-0

Posted Saturday, September 26, 2009 by Robert Lombardo

BREWSTER - It's not exactly an identity crisis, but there is one question that Somers has left unanswered while putting impressive numbers on both sides of the scoreboard.





Is this an offensive machine or a defensive juggernaut?



"We're a strong defensive team that has the ability to score," Matt Deiana said after the undefeated Tuskers came on strong in the second half on Friday and hung a 45-0 loss on Brewster. "It usually takes us a little bit longer to get things going offensively, but we always come out hitting defensively."



The game was slowed considerably as nearly 30 penalties were called.



"In my 41 years, I haven't seen that many penalties," Somers coach Tony DeMatteo said. "And we both were getting them. I wanted us to be in a stressful situation because we hadn't been in one yet. Tonight, we were, and I'm happy with how we responded, but I'm very upset with all of the penalties."



The game was actually close at the half.



Neither team was able to get organized offensively, and there was plenty of hitting. Colin Tullgren finally got around the blitzing defense with 2:48 to go in the first half and ran 31 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown. He also kicked the PAT, giving the relieved Tuskers a 7-0 lead.



"We didn't come out as strong as we hoped to and then we realized they wanted to play," Tullgren said. "They're a big team, but we have speed. We've become a lot tougher. Last year, we kind of were considered the babies. This year we've picked it up."



No matter where the Bears ran, they couldn't find a hole.



Somers (3-0) allowed just one first down before halftime, and it came on an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty. A quick stand set up the next scoring chance. Brewster went three-and-out and punted the ball away with 1:27 to go. Tuskers quarterback Matt Lancia connected with Deiana for 15 yards to get his team within field-goal range, and Tullgren kicked a 24-yarder with five seconds to go before the intermission.

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