Somers has been impressive all season, and has now won seven straight. Now, the Tuskers have earned the rematch they’ve waited for alongside Rye in next week’s Class A championship.
Here’s my story on tonight’s game:
OSSINING — Since it was outplayed at home in the second half of a Week 2 loss to Rye, Somers moved to the periphery of the playoff picture. Rye continued to win big, dispatching would-be challengers, but chatter about the Tuskers remained muted. They never faced another playoff-bound team all regular season.
But the defending champ still hasn’t lost since Rye, and won its seventh straight Friday night by overpowering Ossining in a Class A semifinal. The Tuskers rushed for 467 yards to win 52-14 and secure a highly-anticipated rematch with undefeated Rye.
They will meet at 7 in next Saturday’s championship game at Mahopac High School.
“All season we were hoping to see them again,” junior fullback Tim Fazzinga said. “We kept thinking, Rye, Rye, Rye. Now we’re here.”
Fazzinga finished with 204 yards rushing on 17 carries, including five touchdowns. He had all three in the first half as Somers (8-1) built a 25-6 lead. He added a 59-yarder in the fourth quarter to put the Tuskers over the 50-point mark.
“The whole key was the way we moved the ball,” coach Tony DeMatteo said. “They had to play catchup. They had to take chances. If we didn’t move the ball that well it probably would’ve been a different game.”
Somers was the third team to score 50 or more against Ossining (6-3) this season. Of course, John Jay had 59 last week in defeat, underscoring how explosive Ossining can be offensively.
Somers defense found a solution, sparking its 52-point outburst with five interceptions of the section’s most prolific offensive player, Justin Davidov. Junior Tyler DeVito (pictured above) had three, including a 90-yard return for a touchdown, and senior Matt Arita had the other two, one on Davidov’s first pass of the game.
The Ossining senior finished 13 for 22 for 183 yards and rushed for another 105 and a touchdown, but Somers pressured him into enough mistakes to make a difference.
“We were just really cautious of what he was doing on the field at all times,” DeVito said. “That’s how we contained him.”
Here are Frank Becerra’s highlights from the game:
My interviews with Fazzinga and DeVito: