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Somers speed outduels Lakeland ground attack 28 - 16

Posted Thursday, October 27, 2005 by Tony DeMatteo

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In a classic game of ball control and smashmouth football on both sides of the line , Somers speed and depth proved to be the difference in putting the Tuskers over the top beating Lakeland 28-16 .

Lakeland opened up the first quarter with a time consuming 70 yd drive which resulted in the only score in the 1st quarter and a 7-0 lead . Lakeland held the ball for over 9 minutes in that quarter displaying a solid running game which Somers could not seem to stop.

Once Somers got the ball back late in the first quarter , they returned the favor with a 10 minute, 75 yd drive of their own. With Nick Debellis pounding the middle and outside runs by Kevin Winters and Nick Gonzalez , Somers kept the Lakeland defense guessing as they churned down the field. Once inside the 30, it was all Debellis and Winters getting the first downs which finally ended with a 2 yd Debellis score .

Depth now took over where Somers sent in its second defensive unit, with fresh legs and energy. They quickly stopped Lakeland on 3 downs but gave the ball back on a roughing the punter penalty . The defense once again came back in and stopped Lakeland again on 3 downs . The Somers offense failed to move the ball out of their half of the field and a short punt gave Lakeland one last shot before halftime with a 22 yd field goal. The Somers defense came up big again and blocked the kick going into halftime tied at 7 -7.

At the beginning of the third quarter a re-energized Lakeland team once again responded with a long drive deep into Somers territory. On 4th and 1 inside the Somers 2 yard line, Lakeland decided to go for the field goal instead of the first down. Many fans thought this was a mistake given Lakeland's ability all night to consistently gain 1st downs on short yardage situations. The field goal barely cleared the right post for a 10- 7 lead.

Lakeland may have had the lead , but Somers seized the opportunity . Quickly, the Tuskers mounted an attack starting with a kickoff return to the 45 yd line. They then lulled the Lakeland team to focus on the pounding runs up the middle before exploding with a slick 35 yd reverse play to Nick Gonzalez who sliced thru the defense for the go ahead score 14-10 .

This ignited the Somers fans , in particular the student body , who increased their wild and crazy chants to urge the team on. Somers responded as the second defensive unit again held the Lakeland team on 3 downs which now set the stage for Somers offense to mount another electrifying attack. Ethan Tepp came in as a change of pace back and quickly ran up a few first downs to put Somers into Lakeland territory. Chris Gonzalez then exploded with a 40 yd screen pass from Matt Newman and suddenly Somers was up 21 ? 10 .

Lakeland would not go away quietly though as they shocked the Somers crowd with a 70 yd kickoff return for a TD and a 21-16 score with 5 minutes remaining. Somers once again responded to the challenge by chewing up the clock courtesy of Evan Von Heyn, Debellis and Winters as they slashed and pounded their way down field which was capped off with a 20 yd TD run by Winters to seal the victory 28 ? 16.

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