BEACON, N.Y.— It wasn’t the typical Somers Tusker offense fans witnessed in a defeat at the hands of John Jay-Cross River in Week 5.
Somers got its offense back in high gear with a 41-0 drubbing of host Beacon on Saturday, Oct. 7.
“I think we are back on track,” senior Rob Fazzinga said. “After two losses with poor offensive execution and a ton of penalties we knew we needed to change how we played if we wanted to turn things around. We look forward to keep getting better each week.”
Fazzinga led the way with four rushing touchdowns. He scored from 5 yards out to start the onslaught and added a 12-yard touchdown later in the quarter.
“The linemen executed their blocks and downfield blocking,” said Fazzinga, who scored on half of his carries as he rushed for 61 yards. “It’s something we’ve been working really hard on at practice and we did a great job of it Saturday.”
Drew Cassin caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kevin Olifiers (4 for 6, 65 yards) in the second quarter then Fazzinga sent the Tuskers into halftime with a 27-0 lead with a 2-yard touchdown.
Conor Jaykus snagged an interception in the third quarter and returned it 46 yards to the house for another score. Fazzinga capped off his big day with a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Michael Somoza was the leading rusher on the day, churning out 94 yards on eight carries. Tyler Carr had seven carries for 68 yards.
Leading the defensive charge in the shutout were Jaykus, Jack Gilroy (five solo tackles, two sacks), Nick Gargiulo (three solo tackles, two sacks), Antonio Vieira (five assisted tackles), Dominic Cheek (four assisted tackles, sack, tackle for loss) and Ryan Elliott (interception).
Somers garnered the No. 6 seed in the Class A playoffs and will host No. 11 Hendrick Hudson at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13.
“The key will be to practice deliberately and continue to get better every day,” Fazzinga said of what it will take to make a playoff run.