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Somers loses in final minute to Nyack 19-16.

Posted Friday, November 11, 2005 by Tony DeMatteo

Somers loses in the final minute to Nyack 19-16

Journal News article (click here)

Unofficial Game Review

It was a cold but festive night at Fox Lane stadium. Temperature in the 40's , winds blowing 10-20 mph , upbeat music playing the entire time and the Somers student body leading numerous chants keeping things interesting.......

You somehow sensed though that after the National Anthem was sung by senior lineman, Anthony Stanziani ( Great job Stanz ! Took a lot of guts ...) that something out of the ordinary was going to happen in this game. Sure enough , in the 1st quarter on Somers 3rd offensive play of the game , senior QB Matt Newman was injured and out for the rest of the game. Junior QB Luke Perito was already on the DL (concussion) leaving the stage for sophomore QB, Tom McGuire, to shoulder the load of running the Somers attack against perennial powerhouse Nyack .

Obviously, there was great concern in the stands given this was Tom's first real action with the Varsity team, but the McGuire family should be very proud as Tom marched the team for 2 dominating TD drives in the 4th quarter to take the lead 16-12 lead with 1:55 left to play.

The first quarter opened up with Nyack getting the ball and marching down the field with a series of runs and showing the versatility of their QB , Matt Reingold , being both a good runner and passer. As Nyack plowed down to the Somers 25 yd line, the defense finally stiffened up and denied Nyack on 4 downs as Nick Gonzalez made a great deflection of a potential TD pass. Somers then responded with a few solid running plays of their own before Newman went down with a leg/ankle injury. Nyack forced a fumble on the ensuing play and had a short field (28 yds) to finally punch in the opening score. Chris Gonzalez showed some amazing speed blocking the extra point almost getting to the ball before the kicker did making the score 6-0.

Opening the 2nd quarter , McGuire was beginning to get a feel for the offense and on the backs of Kevin Winters, Evan Von Heyn and Ethan Tepp pounded away at Nyack. A slick 15 yd crisscross run by Von Heyn took Somers down to the Nyack 13 where they had to settle for a Winters FG to close the score 6-3. On the next series, Somers then had an opportunity to take the lead when Nick Debellis stripped a Nyack receiver of the ball on the Somers 45 and Nick Gonzalez picking it up and streaking down the sidelines until he was finally stopped at the Nyack 30. Somers could not capitalize on the turnover though and the halftime score remained at 6-3.

The 3rd quarter belonged all to Nyack as they shut down Somers on their first possession and then churned out an 80 yd TD drive to make the score 12-3 . Somers could not respond on the ensuing kickoff as the ball glanced off C. Gonzalez and rolled out on the Somers 2 yd line. Debellis punted Somers out of trouble and the D held Nyack to no gain setting the stage for Somers to show Nyack their offensive firepower.

It was as if a light switch went on and the Somers offensive machine finally warmed up. Somers showed Nyack a flurry of offensive attacks and was ripping off yards left and right. Von Heyn for 10, Winters for 10 (big first down play !) , Von Heyn another 10, Debellis for 10, Winters another critical 3rd and long for 1st down setting up Debellis for an 8yd TD score and suddenly it was a 12-9 game. The Somers fans pumped up the volume and the Somers D responded holding Nyack again at midfield. McGuire then calmly lead another offensive assault with N.Gonzalez charging the crowd with a 15 yd run, Debellis blowing up the middle for 15, Von Heyn another 8 , Debellis bulls for 3 and then Von Heyn slicing his way through the Nyack D for a 7yd TD and a 16-12 lead with 1:55 to play.

This was probably the longest 2 minutes most Somers fans will remember from this year as Nyack found a passing game . With Reingold facing tons of Somers D pressure around him, he somehow found receivers and moved the ball downfield. With 00:39 left to play Nyack found the end zone with a 1 yd TD plunge escaping with a 19-16 victory.

Although the season ended with a loss, the Somers team once again showed great heart and teamwork rallying around a young QB and using their depth and great seniors to lead the way and show Nyack what Somers football is all about.

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