Dobbs Ferry won the fourth state championship in program history, beating Section 6’s Southwestern 39-0 at the Carrier Dome in the Class C state championship.
Quarterback Spencer Avalos was named the game’s MVP. The senior went 9 for 10 for 146 yards and a touchdown, completing all nine passes in the first half. He also rushed for 42 yards on eight carries and had an interception.
Avalos completed five passes to senior Thomas Fleming for 86 yards, including a touchdown of 16 yards that capped a five-play, 81-yard drive that lasted just 51 seconds. Avalos was 4 for 4 on the drive, including three completions to Fleming. Fleming caught the TD with 47 seconds left in the half to give the Eagles (11-1) a 27-0 halftime lead.
Three Dobbs Ferry running backs surpassed 100 yards rushing. Senior Eddie Ritch had 15 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown. Senior John Yozzo-Scaperrotta went for 13 carries, 118 yards and three touchdowns, including a 58-yarder in the fourth quarter that capped the scoring. Sophomore Tim Soave had 19 carries for 110 yards and a TD.
The Eagles did not punt all game. They twice lost fumbles inside the Southwestern 10 to stop drives. They also turned the ball over on downs in Southwestern territory.
Dobbs Ferry outgained Southwestern 567-96. The Eagles rushed for 421 yards and five touchdowns on 61 rushes. They had 30 first downs compared to six for Southwestern.
Matt Fata led Dobbs with seven tackles. Darien Bica also had an interception. Soave and Brian Gardner combined on a sack.
Gardner became the fourth player in his family to win a state championship.
Southwestern had won the Class C state title in 2008 (over Croton-Harmon) and 2009 (over Bronxville). Star Jake Swan had six rushes for 25 yards and five receptions for 30 yards.
AWARD WINNERS —
Sportsmanship: Chad Cooper, Southwestern; Rocco Cipriano, Dobbs Ferry
Most valuable offensive lineman: Dennis DeLeone, Dobbs Ferry
Most valuable offensive back: Eddie Ritch, Dobbs Ferry
Most valuable defensive lineman: Muhammad Hashami, Dobbs Ferry
Most valuable defensive back: Jake Swan, Southwestern
MVP: Spencer Avalos, Dobbs Ferry