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Somers beats Brewster

Posted Thursday, September 30, 2010 by Robert Lombardo

Through its first two games, Somers was the victim of slow starts. That trend continued as the Tuskers held a slim 9-7 lead over host Brewster on Sept. 24.

But Somers (3-0) picked it up again in the second half, pulling away for a 29-13 victory over the Bears.

Somers Head Coach Tony DeMatteo delivered a message at halftime.

"He told us we need to give 100 percent every play," said Tusker senior quarterback Anthony Lombardo, who added that superior conditioning played a factor in the win.

The Tuskers responded, outscoring Brewster 20-6 in the second half. Midway through the third quarter, Chris Rios returned a punt to the 5-yard line, setting up a touchdown by D.J. Giuntini.

Giuntini, a senior fullback, had another big game, going for 152 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.

"He's been carrying the load and it's been working very well," Lombardo said. "His vision and balance are amazing. He also has a good instinct for where the chains are. Every run he is trying to make a play, he never lets up."

Lombardo connected with C.J. Silva and Jordan Devito on touchdown passes. The senior signal caller said he has plenty of confidence in his receivers to make plays.

"I know if I put the ball out there they will go and get it even if it's not a good pass," Lombardo said. "They make me look good."

Tom Barcia booted a 33-yard field goal for the Tuskers.

Leading the defense was Colby Tragni and Lombardo with 10 tackles, while David Arturi and Rob Mendoza (interception) had nine apiece. Tom Campbell added seven tackles. Kevin Murray snagged two interceptions.

Somers hosts Poughkeepsie on Oct. 1 in a battle of unbeaten teams. The Pioneers knocked the Tuskers out of sectionals last season in the Class A quarterfinals.

— Robert J. DiAntonio


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