OSSINING, N.Y. For one quarter, it seemed as though the Ossining High School football team was going to give undefeated Somers a fight.
Somers jumped out to a 19-0 lead Friday, but Ossining scored 16 unanswered points in the second quarter to cut the lead to three going into halftime.
But in the locker room, Somers head coach Tony Dematteo straightened out his players, although he would not divulge exactly what he said.
You dont want to know, Dematteo said. I wasnt very nice in there. But we were in some man and we went to zone.
The Tuskers started the second half with an early touchdown that made it 27-16, then clamped down on the Pride to stay undefeated with a 33-22 win. Ossining quarterback Justin Davidov managed a late touchdown pass with less than three minutes remaining to cut the lead to 11, but it was not enough.
Somers is now 5-0 this season, and the win gave Dematteo his 297th career victory as a head coach.
Somers came off an emotional win against Poughkeepsie last week and could have laid an egg against Ossining. And even after decades of experience, Dematteo did not know how to totally prevent that from happening.
You know what, Ive been doing it 43 years and I dont have an answer for you, Dematteo said. I really dont know how to do it. I tried my best. I thought we were ready. I think if they scored first it might have been a different game for us. But because we got up so quick, we just kind of went to sleep.
Somers looked out of sorts in the second quarter and for parts of the second half, but the Tuskers did enough to walk away with the win. Senior running back Stefano Bicknese again rushed for more than 100 yards, including a 70-yard score in the first quarter.
Bicknese said the idea of a letdown was in the Tuskers mind but they tried to work through it.
The first day of practice we came out a little flat, Bicknese said. The rest of the week we practiced really hard, and we knew if we just played our game tonight wed come out with the W.
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