SOMERS, N.Y. – Since a Week 2 loss to Yorktown, the Somers Tuskers have been on a roll.
That continued with a statement-making 35-12 win over previously unbeaten Nyack on Oct. 11 at Homecoming in their regular season finale.
Jack Kaiser carried the load, rushing 25 times for 207 yards and two touchdowns to lead Somers to their fourth consecutive win.
“He runs really hard,” junior quarterback Jackson Kossow said. “Even when there were no holes, he was finding ways to break away. Our downfield blocking helped a lot as well. Our receivers, tight ends, halfbacks blocked really well. And the line did great, especially in the red zone.”
Somers quickly fell behind 6-0 but Kaiser’s 3-yard touchdown run and Matt Kapica’s extra point gave them a 7-6 lead with 3:24 left in the first quarter.
Nyack, which was coming off a 35-14 win over Yorktown in Week 5, responded with a touchdown rush to take a 12-7 lead with 7:49 left in the first half. T.J. Deagan batted down the two-point conversion pass.
“We knew they were a great team regardless of the Yorktown win or loss,” said Kossow, who was 5 of 10 passing for 52 yards and rushed for 53 yards on 10 carries and two scores. “They came in 5-0 and we had a great game plan. We really wanted to prove ourselves tonight. Homecoming, senior night, it all helped build up our momentum into the playoffs.”
Nick Rossi’s 5-yard touchdown run gave Somers a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. The Tuskers went up 13-12 with 5:36 remaining until halftime.
“We thought it was going to be a dogfight throughout the game, which it was in the first half,” Kaiser said. “But then we just had to open it up when we had the chance and we took it.”
On their next possession, Kaiser barreled over multiple defenders, zigging and zagging his way for a 35-yard score to put Somers up 20-12 with 2:23 to go in the half.
“I just saw some green and some people in front of me,” Kaiser said of the run. “I put my shoulder down and just tried to get out of there. Coach D (Tony DeMatteo) made a great game plan. He knew where it was going to be open and the linemen made huge holes for me. They controlled the entire game. All the credit’s to them.”
Kossow scored on a 7-yard keeper then hit Charlie Balancia (6 carries, 43 yards) for the two-point conversion pass to make it 28-12 with 5:36 left in the third.
Somers was in complete control and took that lead into the final quarter.
Kossow found Kaiser on a screen pass to get down to the Nyack 2 and Kossow punched it in on the next play to close out the scoring with 4:44 left in the game.
Somers (5-1) out-gained Nyack 389-128 and scored on five out of six possessions after going three and out on their first possession.
After scoring early in the second quarter, the Indians were held scoreless the rest of the way. Charlie Grinrod led the Tusker defense with eight tackles including three for a loss. Ethan Krauss and Anthony Cheek each had seven tackles. Deagan tallied six tackles and a sack.
“Our secondary and our linebackers played very well,” Kossow said. “They tried to run outside a lot. They’ve got some really fast kids. Our contain was excellent and everybody played great.”
The Tuskers earned the No. 2 seed in the Class A qualifying round and will host No. 15 Tappan Zee at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18.
“We feel awesome and we have so much to prove,” Kossow said. “Injuries kind of hurt us a little bit but our back-ups stepped up big. We’ve got a lot of depth as well. I think that we’re going to cause some havoc in the playoffs.”