Somers 56, Tappan Zee 12
It was over early when Somers welcomed Tappan Zee for a Class A qualifying round game on Oct. 18. The Tuskers led 42-6 at halftime and cruised to a 56-12 victory.
Charlie Balancia had 3 catches for 76 yards and a touchdown reception. He also rushed for one touchdown and returned an interception 46 yards for a third score. Jack Kaiser had 8 carries for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns.
“The key to getting out to a fast start against Tappan Zee was to shut them down on defense and let our offense do the rest,” Balancia said.
Jackson Kossow was 6 of 9 on pass attempts for 107 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 38 yards on four carries and two touchdowns. Nate Rosenzweig added a touchdown run.
Ethan Krauss led the defense with nine tackles including 3 sacks. T.J. Deagan had 3 sacks while Jake Polito had 2.
Matt Kapica was 8 for 8 on extra points.
Second-seeded Somers welcomes No. 7 Clarkstown North in a Class A quarterfinal at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25.
“Our mindset going into the Clarkstown North game is the same for every team during the playoffs: survive and advance,” Balancia said.
Field Hockey (9-3-4)
Somers 2, John Jay 2
Somers’ field hockey team trailed visiting John Jay-Cross River 2-0 with less than 14 minutes to play, but rallied for a 2-2 tie on Oct. 15.
Isabella Del Vecchio scored on a corner with 8:55 to play to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Haley Dineen pushed it up the field and then sent a long ball to Erin Clark, who blasted it from just inside the circle and into the back of the net to tie the game with 5:40 on the clock.
“We were put in a very similar situation last year against John Jay where we were down two goals,” Clark said. “My co-captain Haley Dineen ran the ball up from the defense and passed to me in the circle and I was able to get a shot off and score the tying goal.”
Somers 0, Panas 0
The Tuskers battled to a 0-0 tie with visiting Walter Panas on Oct. 17 to close out the regular season.
Somers received the No. 2 seed in the Class B sectionals and will host either No. 7 Brewster or No. 10 Yorktown in the quarterfinals on Oct. 28.
“Our team is very excited with our standings in the section,” Clark said. “The key for our team to make a run in sectionals will be to connect on the field and move the ball quickly. We are working very hard to prepare for our game on Monday.”
Somers’ boys and girls cross-country teams each placed third in the League 2B championships on Oct. 15 at Croton Point Park.
Colin Brooks paced the boys in seventh place (18:20.28). Nicola DeMarinis (eighth, 18:32.3), Joseph Torre (15th, 18:55), Thomas Parisi (16th, 18:57.7) and Luke Phalen (19th) finished in the Top 20.
Gabriella Parisi led the girls, taking 10th in 22:15.9. Katherine Olsen was 19th while Katie Hill placed 20th.
The Tusker boys’ team also ran at the Section 1 Coaches Invitational on Oct. 19 at Bowdoin Park (Wappingers Falls). DeMarinis led the team in 21st (17:52.3). Brooks was 40th while Peter MacNeil took 47th.
Somers will compete in the Westchester County Championships at Croton Point Park on Oct. 26.
Yorktown 3, Somers 0
Somers’ volleyball squad fell to host Yorktown in straight sets on Oct. 15: 20-25, 12-25, 21-25.
Lakeland 3, Somers 2
To close out the regular season, the Tuskers dropped a 3-2 thriller to visiting Lakeland on Oct. 17: 22-25, 25-21, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25.
Somers received the No. 11 seed in the Class A sectionals and will be on the road at sixth-seeded Eastchester on Oct. 25 for the opening round.