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Posted Friday, October 21, 2005 by Tony DeMatteo

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What a difference a year makes ! With a 40-13 trouncing of Fox Lane tonight, not only did Somers complete the regular season with an exclamation point but they also avenged every loss they incurred during last season. (Beacon, Brewster, Lourdes , Fox Lane) .

Maybe the loss to Greeley caused the Tuskers to refocus their efforts to fine tune their offense and show Class A that they are the team to beat. Maybe all the pieces are finally coming together. Whatever the reasons or series of events , Somers pulled out all the stops and fired every offensive weapon against the Foxes .

Winters, Debellis, The Gonzalez Brothers, Newman, Tepp, Von Heyn, and even 8th grader Matt Deiana put on an offensive show of balance and power that many teams would find hard to stop or figure out. The scary part is, this team has not peaked yet.

Oh , and let's not forget it has been the defense that really has kept Somers in these games every step of the way. Yes, at times during the year, it may have looked like they are getting beat and it would be a long day but suddenly they'd figure out a way to shut down the offense and dominate the game . The Somers D has not allowed more that 14 points in any game this season.

The 1st quarter of the game set the tone where with the Somers D caused a fumble and then capitalized on the turnover with a 45 yd TD run by Kevin Winters. The Foxes responded immediately with a strong march downfield with slick runs and passes but somehow the Somers D stiffened up at the goal line and stopped the Foxes on 4 tries from the 1 yd line and preserved a 7-0 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.

It looked like deja vu all over again in the 2nd quarter as the Foxes started another march into Somers territory but turned the ball over on downs on the Somers 30. Once again, Kevin Winters was showing he is back to full strength and ripped a 70+ yard TD run to put Somers up 14-0. The defense then started to shut down the Foxes running attack and caused a safety when a Fox Lane punt attempt skidded by the punter and was recovered in the end zone. Still in the second quarter Somers changed up the offensive attack by running Tepp and Von Heyn who both chewed up huge chunks of yardage causing the defense to focus on them which allowed Winters to scamper away with another TD run of 25 yards. Winters completed the first half offensive show with a 32 yd field goal and 26-0 lead at halftime.

In the 3rd quarter the Foxes once again came out with a strong running game but were turned back by the Somers D on the 5 yard line. Eventually , Fox Lane scored at the end of the 3rd quarter with a beautiful 25 yd QB keeper to make the score 26-6.

The 4th quarter was all Somers as Newman woke up the crowd with a 40 yd pass to Nick Gonzalez to the Fox Lane 25 yd line. Then Tepp and Winters took over pounding the ball down to the 8 yard line where Von Heyn found a seam in the Foxes D and ran in untouched for a 33- 6 lead. Fox Lane did not give up and quickly passed its way down the field getting a TD on a 30 yard strike making it 33-13 with 5 minutes to go. Tensely , the crowd watched the Foxes try to get back into the game with an onside kick but Chris Dipaolo recovered the ball and setting up Somers for their final march at midfield. A 20 yd bull run by Debellis and a 20 yd run end around run by Matt Deiana set up the final TD score by Debellis pounding the ball up the middle.

The Somers D put the icing on the cake with one last goal line stance in the final minute causing the Foxes to fumble on the one yard line and preserving their points against average of 14 pts or less per game.

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