MAHOPAC, N.Y. – For a season opener for a young team, Mahopac coach Dom DeMatteo and his Indians couldn’t have asked for much more than they got last Friday night under the lights at Mahopac, as the Indians dominated the Yonkers Brave from start to finish in a 34-0 rout.
Mahopac warmed up in the first quarter with sophomore RB Mike Harney breaking loose on a fourth-and-one from the 25, to put Mahopac up for good.
The Indians found their rhythm in the second, dropping three more touchdowns on the Brave, who had no answers for Mahopac on either side of the ball.
The Yonkers Brave, named for the city’s fire department, is a merged football team consisting of Lincoln, Palisade Prep, Riverside and Saunders.
Sophomore RB Matt Courtney scored the first of his three touchdowns on a two-yard run to make it 14-0, and moments later it was senior QB Jack Carey finding sophomore wide receiver Ryan Rondeau with a 60-yard TD down the right sideline, good for a 21-0 cushion.
Courtney scored on a 28-yard run on Mahopac’s next possession, sending the Indians to the locker room with a 27-0 lead, and later completed the scoring with a 27-yard burst in the fourth.
“All things considered, I was pleased with the way we played,” DeMatteo said. “We played with tempo, focus, and we had tremendous focus on defense. We played sound defense.”
The coach also liked the team’s depth, which he said will help as the season goes on. “We play a significant number of players,” DeMatteo said. “That helps us be competitive and stay fresh. Depth can be a strength.”
The Indians got strong quarterback play from their two-pronged attack—sophomore Anthony DeMatteo went 4-for-4 for 38 yards, and Carey was 5-of-7 for 94 yards and a TD.
“They both played well, and—most importantly—kept the offense moving,” DeMatteo said. “They’re both doing a good job, and as long as it’s working, we’ll stick with that.”
It was a banner night for the offense. Courtney had an impressive debut with 121 yards and 3 touchdowns on 15 carries. Harney had 26 yards and a TD, Vin Bastone had 34 yards, Henry Botchway had 26, and Andrew Cohen had 22. Zach Esteves had four receptions for yards, and Matt Riley had two for eight yards.
“Courtney had a big night,” DeMatteo said. “But we had six players carry the ball—for a good average (6.1 yards per carry)—so that was a great job by our line, and our receivers blocking. Vin Bastone was also very solid for us; he ran hard and had some big tackles. One of our best overall efforts.”
Mahopac sophomore kicker Elmir Nikocevic also had had an impressive debut, with well-placed punts and by delivering on 4-of-5 extra points. “That was a solid job,” DeMatteo said. “He had a touchback to open the game, and that set the tone. After that his punt placement was very good, and he gave us the extra points.”