Is it Week 9 or 10? I’m not sure. I guess it’s kind of a little bit of both.
Anyway, no matter. If you missed my post earlier, the Somers-Sleepy Hollow Class A championship game WILL be played today. (Finally.) It has been moved from Mahopac High School to Somers, giving the Tuskers a decided advantage. I talked to Sleepy Hollow coach Steve Borys a little while ago and he handled it well.
I’ll be there, so you can get your updates @LoHudInsider. And before anyone asks: The game was moved to Somers because the school had already begun preparations to host Section 1 championship soccer games and was ready for action. Whether you find that acceptable or not is up to you, but the Sleepy Hollow AD is also the Section 1 football chairman. You’d have to guess he had say on the matter.
In any event, it should be fun. At least the game will be played, which should avoid any doomsday scenarios. Credit Section 1 and the schools for sneaking the game in amidst some freakishly awful mid-fall weather.
Last note: The game will start at some point between 6-6:30. There is a soccer game on the turf at 3, so the start time will be flexible. To be safe, arrive before 6.
Enjoy the game!
Thursday, Nov. 8
Class A championship
At Somers High School:
Somers 42, Sleepy Hollow 13
Class A championship
Somers 42, Sleepy Hollow 13: At Somers High School, the Tuskers won their first Section 1 championship since 2000, which was Tony DeMatteo’s first season as their head coach. His team will now meet Cornwall at 1 on Monday at Mahopac High School in the state quarterfinals.
“It’s exciting,” DeMatteo said. “We’re nicked up. We’re very tired. We’re playing a great team in Cornwall. I just hope we’re able to compete, but we’re looking forward to it.”
They totaled six interceptions of Sleepy Hollow quarterback Devin Lopez, including two for Stefano Bicknese. The senior also rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 49-yard touchdown to earn offensive MVP honors.
“It means everything,” Bicknese said. “This team was determined. We wanted it more than anything since the beginning of the season. Starting at the end of last season, we worked really hard. We wanted it for Coach (DeMatteo) and for ourselves. We worked hard for it and we deserved it.”
Fellow senior Joe Lombardo earned defensive MVP honors, helping spy on Lopez, a dual threat who rushed was held to just 19 yards. Lombardo also rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns, one of which gave Somers a 13-0 lead.
Lopez’s touchdown to Zeke Sierra cut the lead to 13-7. After the Headless Horsemen forced a punt, they regained possession with a little over two minutes remaining and had a chance to take the lead into halftime. Instead, Connor Vlasaty intercepted Lopez, setting up a 20-yard touchdown pass from John Decker to Joe Festo.
“It was big. Their defense was keying on Stefano and Joe and we were just grounding and pounding,” Decker said. “I told coach, ‘Let’s just go deep to Festo in the end zone.’ That’s what we did and we scored. It was huge.:
Decker finished 4 for 5 for 82 yards and the two scores. He connected with Bicknese on the 49-yarder to put Somers on top 35-7 in the third quarter.
Dionel Infante returned the ensuing kickoff 71 yards for a score and Sleepy Hollow recovered a fumble on the kickoff that followed. The Horsemen drove to the 5 but Lopez was eventually intercepted in the end zone.
Lopez finished with 158 yards, but Sleepy was limited to just 60 yards on the groud as a team. Dominic Onwe returned a pair of kickoffs over 60 yards into Somers territory, but neither resulted in a touchdown.
The Horsemen began the game at a disadvantage after the site was changed from Mahopac High School to Somers’ home field.
“I don’t quite understand why that happened, but what are you going to do?” coach Steve Borys said. “I don’t understand a lot that’s happened this season, but we had a great run. The kids are beautiful. They worked their butts off. We had a couple opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on. They did.”
Monday, Nov. 12
Class A state quarterfinal
At Mahopac High School:
Somers vs. Cornwall (Section 9), 1 p.m.