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Somers Scrimmage 2010

Posted Friday, September 03, 2010 by Robert Lombardo
SOMERS — The annual Somers football scrimmage always has a unique feel to it. The Tuskers are coached by legendary Tony DeMatteo, and two of the other three teams are led by his bloodlines. Arlington is coached by his son, Dominick. Gorton is coached by his nephew, Danny.

The three teams, and perennial Section 1 power Rye, convened at Somers on Thursday for a four-team scrimmage. Here’s a detailed report on each squad:


More than any team in Section 1, Somers was hit hard by graduation. The Tuskers didn’t have one starter back on the field yesterday. Twenty-one graduated. The other is Victor Prato, who is out for a few weeks with a knee injury.

The numbers, though, are slightly deceptive. DeMatteo is known to mix in various different personnel on both sides of the ball, which he did a lot last year. So, while the guys who were out for the first play every game are gone, there is a fair share of players back who saw significant time.

The most significant are a core on defense. Anthony Lombardo, Nick Justino Rob Mendoza and Colby Tragni are among them. Lombardo was a linebacker Somers converted to defensive end this season. Tragni and Justino both saw time on the offensive and defensive lines. And Mendoza was a contributor in the secondary on a Somers defense that allowed just six points in the regular season.

“We might not have started, but we have a lot of guys back who were big contributors last year,” said Tragni, a senior captain. “We got valuable experience.”

By all accounts, Somers more than held its own against Rye; played well after a tough start against Arlington and looked strong against Gorton in the finale.

The defense shut down Rye’s running game, and was probably the most physical team in the scrimmage.

Mendoza exemplified that as a defensive back and a running back, as did junior D.J. Giuntini and senior Rob Tomasulo. Lombardo, taking over at quarterback, had a couple of good throws in a Somers offense geared to the run.

Somers’ starters played even with Rye but allowed four touchdowns to Arlington, three through the air.

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