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Tyler DeVito's 60-yard reverse on fourth-and-17 gives Somers 26-21 win over John Jay

Posted Sunday, September 28, 2014 by Carolyn Fazzinga
yler DeVito's 60-yard reverse on fourth-and-17 gives Somers 26-21 win over John Jay
By: Josh Thomson, jthomson@lohud.com

 — Considering the quality of the team with the ball, the decision was almost shocking. Yet Somers coach Tony DeMatteo was quickly at peace with his bold choice to go for it on fourth-and 17 in his own territory.

"Their offense is like 'Star Wars,' and I don't know how much longer we could have held them," DeMatteo said. "In three minutes, they were going to move the ball, so I figured it was sink or swim."

Not only did the Tuskers swim, but Tyler DeVito made DeMatteo look like a genius. The senior took a fourth-down reverse 60 yards for a touchdown with 3:06 remaining to give his team the lead. Matt Morgante then intercepted a pass at the 5 to seal a thrilling win over visiting John Jay, 26-21.

"I was just happy that they trusted me with the ball and thought I could make a big play when we needed to," said DeVito, whose touchdown was his only carry of the afternoon. "It worked out the way we planned."

In fact, it couldn't have worked out better.

The Tuskers (3-1) trailed 21-19. Their defense had spent the afternoon chasing John Jay quarterback Ryan Lee, who rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns, and Danny Skluth, who had 13 carries for 110 yards and a score. Each had scored once in the second half to give the Indians (3-1) the lead after Somers led 13-7 at the half.

After DeVito put the Tuskers in front, John Jay coach Jimmy Clark flipped Lee (9 for 12 for 123 yards) with change-of-pace quarterback Hunter Keech for the final drive. Keech — with help from Lee's legs — drove the Indians to the Somers 19, but they faced fourth-and-12 when Lee, back at quarterback, was intercepted by Morgante.

"I feel good with it. It's what we do," Clark said about the late change at quarterback. "We change them up, and I don't lose anything with either one of them there. If anything, we get a little more dynamic with Ryan at receiver."

Up until DeVito's touchdown, Somers' offense had been led by its dynamic backfield. Senior Tim Fazzinga had 15 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown. Joe Spor and Matt Senzamici added scoring runs.

Senzamici ripped off a 66-yard touchdown with 7:16 remaining in the game, one play after Skluth had led John Jay to a 21-13 lead. But the Indians stopped Senzamici on the ensuing 2-point try to stay ahead 21-19.

"I think this game is the turning point of our season," DeVito said. "We got down after (losing) to Yorktown. We let that one slip through our fingers. We didn't come to play that day. But today, we made a point to come out and fight."

 

 

 


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