By Vin Mercogliano
THIELLS – All it took was three plays for North Rockland senior Eric Favors to make his presence felt.
The Journal News Super 11 lineman burst through the middle of Carmel’s offensive line on Saturday and exploded through quarterback Joey Rodriguez, sending one of the Rams’ most important players to the sideline for the remainder of the game with a left, non-throwing shoulder injury.
“It was a big loss for them,” Favors said. “But a gain for us.”
With Carmel forced to take its top running back, Collon Anderson, and insert him at quarterback, Favors and Co. had their way for the rest of the game. The Red Raiders allowed the Rams to cross midfield only twice and held them under 100 total yards on their way to a 28-0 season-opening win.
“Favors came through and made a great play. It was a clean hit, and I’m not sure if it’s separated or a deep bruise,” Carmel coach Todd Cayea said. “It really changed the landscape of what we could do offensively and handcuffed us.”