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Bruised But Powerful Somers Preps For Season

LINCOLNDALE, N.Y. -- Vincenzo Recine and Jason Falasca were wounded but optimistic as they watched their Somers High School teammates at Tuesday’s morning practice session. “I think we’ll both be out there either today or tomorrow,” said Recine, a two-way lineman. “I had a little surgery, but I should be ready soon.”

Recine’s “little surgery” was an arthroscopic procedure to repair a slight lateral meniscus tear, and Falasca, a Harrison High transfer, bumped his knee in a fender bender Tuesday. The duo spent some time on the sidelines talking football and watching the big Somers line go through sets.

“I got hurt at a recruiting combine in Massachusetts,” Recine said. "That night I couldn’t walk. The doctor told me I could wait or do it now. I thought it was better to miss a little early and be ready for the rest of the year. Right now, I’m itching to go.”

Falasca, who experienced some success with Harrison’s Section 1 Class A champion program last year, was excited to be learning a new system from legendary Westchester coach Tony DeMatteo, whose Tuckers went 6-3 last year.

“Coach D is a great coach with so much experience,” Falasca said. “He makes it easy to understand the system, but it’s like going to a new country and learning a new language.”

DeMatteo said the Tuskers have the size and ability to be successful if they do the work. “We have to keep from having letdowns early in the practice season,” said DeMatteo. “We have a couple of bumps and bruises, so we’ll see what we can do to get them ready.”

Falasca’s new teammate and line mate began translating the Somers language to the Harrison transfer early.

“He’s good,” Recine said. “We were talking about pumping things up this season and going all-out 100 percent, so when I asked for someone come out with a bag and come up and rush me, (Falasca) jumped up and said ‘I don’t need a bag. That was all I needed to know.”

Somers opens its season at home against Rye on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

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