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Somers Football Continues Playoff Push Against Hendrick Hudson

Posted Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Carolyn Fazzinga
 SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers High School football head coach Tony DeMatteo said repeatedly in the early part of the season that it was important for the Tuskers to avoid any losses throughout the regular season schedule in order to secure a playoff spot.

Somers (2-1) stubbed its toe against Rye in the second game of the season, but DeMatteo said afterwards that the team simply needed to take care of its business from that point onward, as one loss would not keep the Tuskers out of the playoffs.

Somers will host winless Hendrick Hudson (0-3) on Friday night and will try to stay on the right path and earn another win.

The Tuskers are coming off a dominant 40-0 win at Beacon. Somers’ defense has been rock solid so far this season and has allowed just 26 points in three games. The Tuskers also held Poughkeepsie to less than 100 yards in the season opener in a 27-6 win.

Somers fell to Rye, 20-13, the following week, but the defense performed well even in a loss. The Tuskers’ effort was even more impressive considering the defense had to deal with prolific Garnets quarterback Andrew Livingston.

Hendrick Hudson has had a rougher time so far this season. The Sailors have given up 33 points per game this season and have scored just 34 total points in three games. Hen Hud lost 28-20, to Lincoln in the season opener and then suffered a 33-0 shutout at Beacon. Last week, Spring Valley beat the Sailors, 38-14, in Montrose.

The Sailors could have a tough time slowing down Somers’ offense if it gets off to a hot start, which could make for a long night for Hen Hud.

The two teams meet at 7 p.m.

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