SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers High School football team travels to Ossining Friday at 7 p.m. following an emotional win against Poughkeepsie last week.
Somers is 4-0 and a top contender, if not the team to beat, in Class A. The Tuskers defeated Poughkeepsie, 23-14, in a heavyweight showdown.
Now, Somers will have to avoid a letdown against Ossining. Head coach Tony Dematteo is too experienced to let his team overlook the Pride, but the chance always remains that Somers could come out flat.
Somers has ridden running back Stefano Bicknese all season, and with good reason. The senior had 20 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns against Poughkeepsie and has been the workhorse for the Tuskers all season. He leads the team with nine touchdowns.
Quarterback John Decker has also been a breath of fresh air, completing two-thirds of his passes and being accurate and generally mistake-free throughout the season.
But Somers’ defense has been perhaps the most important element of its thus-far undefeated season. The Tuskers are allowing just 8.25 points per game, including a shutout against Pelham in week two.
Ossining seems to have straightened out its season after an 0-2 start. The Pride has recorded back-to-back wins against Gorton and Pelham, but Somers will be the strongest team the Pride has faced so far.
The Pride’s offense has been strong this season and that was on display in a 39-20 win against Pelham last week. Soloman White provided the spark for Ossining as he returned kickoffs for 89- and 86-yard touchdowns.
Quarterback Justin Davidov continued to add to his stats with a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown last week.
Ossining faces a brutal final three games against Somers, Poughkeepsie and Sleepy Hollow. The Pride will need every win it can get in the final three weeks, but Somers might prove too much for Ossining.