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Somers uses Tough Defense,Tullgren's foot

Posted Sunday, October 04, 2009 by Robert Lombardo

SOMERS - Tony DeMatteo really didn't know [0x07]what kind of range Colin Tullgren possessed until the multi-talented senior lined up [0x07]for a field goal and split [0x07]the uprights from 48 yards away.








Another extraordinary defensive outing was punctuated by Tullgren's impressive kicking, and Somers downed visiting Yorktown 20-0 on Friday to grab the inside lead on a Class A League Central title with games against Peekskill and Panas upcoming.



"I really didn't know what he could do because we only practice from the 20-yard [0x07]line during the week," [0x07]said DeMatteo, whose Tuskers have outscored the opposition 143-6 to date. "I usually see the ball going 20 yards beyond the goal post, so I decided to give it a try. Some of the coaches were telling me it was too far, but he probably made it by 10 yards or so."



Tullgren might own the school record now, but a little research will be done this week to make sure.



"We practice every day for about 15 minutes," he said. "I never thought in a game that I could actually make it from there. I watched the first one go through, and I have to be honest, I really wasn't expecting that."



Somers (4-0, 3-0) took control in the opening minutes when John Bello intercepted a pass and set up the offense at the Cornhuskers 9-yard line. Matt Lancia hit Billy Jordan with a touchdown pass two plays later, and Tullgren added the PAT.



The defense was stifling at times.



Yorktown (2-2, 2-1) opened up the offense after stumbling in the season opener and piled up 78 points in wins over Peekskill and Hen Hud, but it was tough sledding against this defense.



"They were very good," Cornhuskers receiver Matt Fedro said. "They were as good as advertised. It seems like their linemen kept getting into our backfield. Every time we started to get something going, they came out and made a play."

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Matt Deiana converted enough third downs to keep the clock rolling.



He picked up 105 yards on 14 carries, and got the excitable Tuskers deep into Yorktown territory on the first possession of the second quarter, but Lancia was sacked, leaving fourth-and-20 from the 31-yard line. That's where Tullgren came on, much to everyone's surprise, and connected.



"I'm telling you what, [0x07]that kid's the real deal," Cornhuskers head coach Mike Rescigno said. "That's a weapon. He is a factor [0x07]you just can't game-plan for."



Yorktown really made just one mistake defensively, allowing Deiana to get into the open field just five plays into the second half. He's simply too quick and too unpredictable to bring down in that situation, and went 30 yards for a touchdown.



Tullgren upped the lead to 17-0.



"We still have some work to do," said Deiana, who [0x07]left the game in the fourth quarter with a stinger. "We're improving with each game, and tonight was good because we did get challenged a little. We realize we have potential now, but we have to maintain it for a longer period of time."



Tullgren's second field goal was set up by Greg Petre's diving catch of a punt that preserved good field position. A three-and-out series left him again on the 31-yard line with the slightest breeze in his face. Just like the first kick, the ball hooked perfectly through.




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