SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. – The Mahopac football team put together a solid performance last Thursday (Oct. 31) on the road to close out the 2019 season, scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown to snatch a come-from-behind, 22-18, win over Ramapo.
The Indians won the game with a seven-play drive that was highlighted by a 50-yard run by Vin Bastone that put the Indians at the Raiders two. Henry Botchway scored from the two to give the Indians a 22-18 lead, after Elmir Nikocevic’s PAT, with 2:26 to play.
Ramapo (2-7) had taken an 18-15 lead with 4:50 remaining in the fourth on an 83-yard QB run.
Mahopac (3-6) opened their scoring in the first on a Bastone two-yard run. The Indians grabbed a 15-12 lead early in the second quarter when senior QB Jack Carey connected with Zach Esteves on a screen play that went 47 yards for a TD. Carey found Bastone for the two-point conversion.
Head Coach Dom DeMatteo liked the way his defense performed—highlighted by six forced punts, a key fourth-down stop, and one interception (by Tommy Elliott).
“I thought their quarterback was one of the best we’ve seen,” DeMatteo said. “We gave up three big plays to him, and we knew we’d need to score more points, and we did.”
Bastone led the team with 127 yards and a TD on 16 carries. Esteves had 5 receptions for 86 yards and a score, and Botchway finished with a TD and 49 yards on 10 touches.
“When we needed big plays, we went to Vin Bastone,” DeMatteo said. “With the game on the line, he’s the guy we go to. Zach had a good game, he had a big TD called back, and he was solid on defense. And Henry ran hard, especially in the second half.
“I was happy, not just with the win, but with the way the team came together the last month of the season,” DeMatteo added. “A very positive vibe. The Carmel loss was really tough, and since then they’ve really come together as a team. It was a good night for the program, the team and the seniors.”