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Somers rolls past Tappan Zee in opener, 34-7

Posted Saturday, September 06, 2014 by Carolyn Fazzinga
 http://www.lohud.com/story/sports/high-school/football/2014/09/05/football-somers-rolls-past-tappan-zee-opener/15170655/

A year later and the beat goes on for Somers.

The defending Class A champions, led by a relentless ground game that wore down and ground up Tappan Zee, opened the season Friday night with a convincing 34-7 win over the Dutchmen.

Somers held a 21-7 lead at the half thanks to touchdown runs of 29 yards by Matt Morgante, 8 yards by Matt Senzamici and 5 yards by ChrisAbatecola. But that told only part of the story.

The Tuskers dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage and probably could have won by more except for a couple of key errors, including a first-quarter fumble on the Tappan Zee 25 and a second-quarter interception on the TZ 28.

"I think that's just first-game jitters. I think we'll crack that," said Morgante, who also scored on an 18-yard fumble return in the third quarter.

Before the game, Tappan Zee coach Andy DiDomenico talked about his team's approach mirroring that of the Giants, his favorite NFL team, in that offense was the best defense — the Dutchmen and their run-first game eating up time of possession.

But three-and-out was largely Tappan Zee's story. Somers, meanwhile, compiled more than 300 yards rushing.

When asked about his team's stats, DiDomenico quipped, "How about zero, zero, zero."

Tappan Zee's points came thanks to a rare pass attempt.

On third-and-10 from his own 20, Liam Donohue launched the ball downfield, where it was deflected by a Somers defender and gobbled up by John Daly, who was brought down on the Tuskers 33-yard line.

A couple of plays later, Alec Albright broke outside right and scampered 21 yards for the score. The point-after made it a 14-7 game with 6:02 left in the second quarter.

But that was as close as the Dutchmen, who had a 7-2 record last season, would come.

Morgante, who led Somers' rushers with 84 yards, scored on the fumble with 10:21 left in the third quarter. Somers kicker Eric Silvester didn't get a chance for his fourth PAT because the snap was no good.

But Silvester, who buried every kickoff into or through the end zone, didn't have to wait long for another try.

A couple of plays after Joe Spor had run a punt back 40 yards to the Tappan Zee 20, Andrew Gross sprinted in from 8 yards out. The left-footed Silvester made it 34-7 with 1:05 left in the third quarter.

"Other than two plays, I thought our defense was outstanding," Somers coach Tony DeMatteo said.

"The reality is they are the two-time defending section champ for a reason," DiDomenico said.

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