NORTH ROCKLAND, N.Y. – An inability to sustain drives hurt the Mahopac football team in a 14-3 non-playoff loss last Saturday at North Rockland.

The Indians’ Elmir Nikocevic converted on a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter, and Mahopac went into halftime trailing just 7-3.

Coach Dom DeMatteo said his team had their chances in the second half, but was unable to find its way into the end zone—despite showing some good signs. The game stayed within reach until the Raiders added another TD midway through the fourth.

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“It was a very competitive game,” DeMatteo said. “And North Rockland is 5-3, with all three losses coming against quality opponents (New Rochelle, Spring Valley, John Jay-East Fishkill). So it was a tough matchup. But the kids prepared well and competed hard—it was 7-3 halfway through the fourth, and we had the ball.

“We drove the field, and we did some good things on offense,” DeMatteo added. “But we had opportunities, and we just weren’t able to finish. We moved the ball, but we struggled in the red zone. Overall, I have to say we played well, and got better from the prior week.”

Zach Esteves had an interception for Mahopac, and Vin Bastone led the team in rushing with 103 yards on 20 carries.

“Vin Bastone gave us another strong performance on both sides of the ball,” DeMatteo said. “Zach had a good game, and Dom Perricone also.”

Mahopac was scheduled to wrap up their season this week with a 6 p.m. matchup game Thursday (10/31) at Ramapo. The Gryphons are 1-7, earning their first win last week against the Yonkers Brave.

“We just want to finish the right way,” DeMatteo said. “They really have been working hard, they’ve bought into the preparation piece, and we want to finish strong, and feel good on the ride home.”