Wait is over: Somers wins Class A title

by Kevin Devaney Jr. on
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 9:16 PM

Updated Sun, Nov 11, 2012 7:51 PM

Somers had waited long enough. They’d run through the gauntlet that is Class A football in Section 1. They endured the scheduling mayhem from Hurricane Sandy, a cancellation from a snow storm on Wednesday and then waltzed through four quarters against a dangerous Sleepy Hollow attack.

On late Thursday night, the Tuskers were finally able to celebrate. And they did it in style.

One by one, the Somers players sprinted from the mob at midfield to the snow banks behind the end zone. They dove onto the piles, firing snowballs and doing snow angels after a convincing and overpowering effort.

Somers defeated Sleepy Hollow 42-13 in the Section 1 Class A title game at Somers, enduing a stressful playoff run that had been sidetracked twice by weather. The Tuskers overcame it all to bring legendary coach Tony DeMatteo his second sectional title at Somers, ninth overall and 302nd win in his career.

It’s a quick turnaround for the Tuskers, who have to regroup and take on Section 9 champion Cornwall in the state quarterfinals on Monday at 1 p.m. at Mahopac High School.

Stefano Bickense and Joe Lombardo, a pair of seniors, were in the center of it all for Somers. Bicknese ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, caught two passes for 70 yards and a score and intercepted two passes on defense. Lombardo had 72 yards rushing and two touchdowns and had nine tackles defensively.

The Somers defense forced six turnovers, five of which the offense converted into touchdowns. Bicknese intercepted a pass on the first play of the game at midfield, setting an early tone in the title game.

The Tuskers led 13-0 in the second quarter before Devin Lopez led a scoring drive for the Headless Horsemen. Lopez threw for 161 yards and a touchdown pass to Ezekiel Sierra. Sleepy had the ball again before the half and drove to midfield.

But an interception by Connor Vlasaty and a personal foul penalty set up a gorgeous 14-yard touchdown pass on a pump-and-go from John Decker to Joe Festo in the final minute of the half.

Somers cashed in on turnovers on its next two possessions to break the game open at 35-7. The Headless Horsemen threatened when Dionel Infante returned a kickoff for a touchdown. But the Tuskers locked down defensively after that.

Section 1 Class A Championship
At Somers High School, Nov.84

Somers 42, Sleepy Hollow 13

Sleepy Hollow (8-2)






Somers (10-0)






Scoring summary
First quarter
So — Joe Lombardo 4 run (kick good)
Second quarter
So — Stefano Bicknese 1 run (kick failed)
SH — Ezekiel Sierra 9 pass from Devin Lopez (kick good)
So — Joe Festo 14 pass from John Decker (Bicknese run)
Third quarter
So — Lombardo 12 run (kick good)
So — Bicknese 49 pass from Decker (kick good)
SH — Dionel Infante 71 kick return (kick failed)
Fourth quarter
So — Bicknese 37 run (kick good)

Offensive statistics
RUSHING (att-yards): Sleepy Hollow-
 Devin Lopez 8-26, Isaiah Sanjuan 6-25, Dominic Onwe 4-13, Steve Bencosme 1-4, Ronny Munoz 1(-4). Totals: 20-64. Somers- Stefano Bicknese 19-156, Joe Lombardo 18-72, Connor Vlasaty 3-19, Matt Morgante 3-9, Chris Scavelli 2-7, Joe Spor 1-3, Alex Corpolongo 1-2, Erik Carnazza 1-1, John Decker 1-(-6), Tim Cousin 3-(-17). Totals: 53-248.
PASSING (comp-att-yards-TD-INT): Sleepy Hollow- Lopez 11-30-161-1-6. Somers- Decker 4-5-75-2-0, Cousin 1-1-21-0-0.
RECEIVING (rec-yards): Sleepy Hollow- Ezekiel Sierra 3-50, Onwe 2-37, Munoz 3-31, Edwin Jimenez 1-28, Anthony Curanaj 1-12, Dionel Infante 1-3. Somers- Bicknese 2-70, Joe Festo 2-15, Vlasaty 1-11.
TOTAL YARDS: Sleepy Hollow 225. Somers 344.

Email Kevin Devaney Jr. at kdevaney@cablevision.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MSGVarsityKDJ



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