By Nancy Haggerty
YORKTOWN – The common sense money Friday night was on the visiting Somers Tuskers, the three-time Class A section champions.
But Somers doesn’t have junior tailback Nick Santavicca and his front line.
Santavicca ran for a personal-best 167 yards on 17 carries and fullback Tim Forbes powered his way for another 67 as Yorktown upset Somers 21-7.
Santavicca, whose dad, Roger, coaches the junior varsity and whose uncle, Ron, was the Huskers’ two-time state champion coach, credited Yorktown’s win to its offensive line of Morgan Peters, Joey Costella, Richie Campanaro, Steven Veteri and Joey Blume.
The junior, who played last year with a torn labrum that required post-season surgery, was one of several players Somers coach Toy DeMatteo cited before the game as being worrisome.
“I wish I was coaching him. He’s a terrific little player,” said DeMatteo, who coached both Santavicca’s uncle and father at Roosevelt High School.