NYACK, N.Y.— It was a close game in the first half, but Somers eventually pulled away for a 48-13 win over host Nyack on Friday, Sept. 30.
Somers coach Tony DeMatteo went up against his son, Dominick DeMatteo, who is the head coach at Nyack.
The Tuskers led just 21-13 in the second quarter, but Messiah Horne’s second touchdown of the night extended the lead to 27-13 heading into halftime.
Horne was a workhorse for the Tuskers, rushing for 193 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns.
Somers shut out Nyack in the second half, outscoring the Indians 21-0.
“We were able to pull away in the second half because of the outstanding blocking by our line combined with the play of our defense,” said junior quarterback Kevin Olifiers, who was 8 for 13 on pass attempts for 216 yards and a touchdown pass. “Then our backs and receivers got involved.”
Senior Matt Pires had two catches for 110 yards including a 76-yard touchdown reception on a strike from Olifiers.
Senior Thomas Tooma had four carries for 44 yards. Junior Cameron Pepe carried the ball three times for 31 yards and a touchdown, while junior Tyler Carr had three carries for 30 yards. Senior Joe Napolitano and junior Antonio Vieira each had 1-yard touchdown plunges.
Defensively, junior Andrew Cassin had seven tackles. Senior Erik Hagenah made five tackles, while juniors Nick Gargiulo and Vin Difilippo each had four stops. Gargiulo and junior Connor Gill each had fumble recoveries. Fellow junior Jack Gilroy added a sack.
The Tuskers (4-1) conclude the regular season when they host Pearl River at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7.
“It’s important for us to close the season on a high note because it is our last chance to get better for the playoffs,” Olifiers said. “Friday also happens to be our senior night, so we’d like to get a ‘W’ for all of those kids on our team.”