SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers football went on the road for their season opener and made quick work of host Horace Greeley in a 55-0 victory on Friday, Sept. 6.
The Tuskers led 28-0 after one quarter and 42-0 at halftime.
“The key to starting strong was being confident that the work we had put in throughout preseason has prepared us for game time situations and that our game plan for Greeley contained little flaws,” Somers senior captain Charlie Balancia said.
Balancia had just two carries but he made the most of them. He scored the first touchdown of the game on a 59-yard burst and then made it 28-0 when he jetted 62 yards with 11.7 seconds left in the first quarter.
“My line did everything for me,” Balancia said. “All I had to do was cut off of their blocks and it was a foot race to the end zone.”
T.J. Deagan and Cole Zampaglione also had rushing touchdowns in the first quarter to get the Tuskers out to the big lead.
Jack Kaiser had two touchdown runs of 4 and 6 yards in the second quarter. He finished with nine carries for 49 yards and caught a 34-yard pass.
Backup quarterback Matt Kapica had a 42-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Lorenzo Sessa closed out the scoring with a 16-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth.
Starting quarterback Jackson Kossow was 4 of 6 on pass attempts for 90 yards. He also had two carries for 34 yards. Daniel Rios (25 yards), Zach Lupinacci (17 yards) and Zampaglione (14 yards) had one reception each.
On defense, Charlie Grinrod (2 sacks) and Dominic Cheek (1 sack) tallied 5 tackles each. Deagan had 2 sacks. Dan Curran recorded 4 tackles.
Somers welcomes rival Yorktown for a Week 2 match-up at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. In their last meeting, the Tuskers defeated the Huskers, 26-7, in the qualifying round last season.
“The team is absolutely amped up for Yorktown,” Balancia said. “They are no doubt our biggest rival in every sport, so this is a very important game for us. Also, playing in front of the crowd at a Somers-Yorktown football game is like nothing else.”