You probably know by now that Bronxville was beaten by Southwester (Section 6) in the Class C state final, 40-14, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. The game was far closer than the score indicates, although Southwestern was firmly in control in the second half.
The Broncos went into the break trailing just 13-7, scoring on the final play of the second quarter on a controversial touchdown. Quarterback Jack Near raced around the right side and dove for the goal-line. Although it appeared his knee hit the ground at the 3, Bronxville was given the score.
It capped a first half that was a confidence-boosting for Bronxville as it was head-scratching. It dominated the game to that point — controlling the clock for 19 minutes and running 31 extra plays. The conversion rates — 1 for 7 on third down and 2 for 5 on fourth down — were holding the Broncos back.
Southwestern took all the mystery out of it in the third quarter, scoring on its first two possesions thanks to long drives. Bronxville threatened, cutting the deficit to 26-14 late in the third. But a couple of empty possessions, coupled with a few late Southwestern touchdowns, padded the final score.
Zack Sopak led the Trojans with 220 yards passing and four touchdowns.
Jack Near threw for 111 yards and rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries. But the rest of the Bronxville runners averaged just 2.6 yards per carry.
Bronxville finished 1 for 11 on third down while Southwestern converted 7 of 11. Big difference in the game.
Back with more later on the game. If you’d like to watch a replay of the game, click on lohud.co/vcsports1 and go to the archived section. You should find it there.
Awards from today:
MVP back: Jack Near, Bronxville
MVP defensive back: John Shkreli
Sportsmanship award: Will Karol
Sportsmanship award: Levi Bursch (Southwestern)
MVP offensive lineman: Jake Currie (Southwestern)
MVP defensive lineman: Ryan Buzzetto (Southwestern)
Overall MVP: Zack Sopak (Southwestern)