SOMERS, N.Y. The Somers High School football team has the chance to make history this season if it can accumulate seven more wins.
Coach Tony DeMatteo entered the season with 292 career wins and the Tuskers got him one step closer to the 300-win milestone with a 28-6 victory against Yorktown High School on Friday.
Senior fullback and linebacker Joe Lombardo, who had a crucial interception in Fridays win, said several weeks ago that the season should not be all about the milestone but acknowledged its importance.
Were not really going to look at it like that, Lombardo said. Were just going to take it game by game and hopefully get him to 300.
He repeated that same sentiment after Fridays victory.
Just one (game) at a time, Lombardo said. Were just going to play it by ear and see how that goes.
Somers next plays Friday at 7 p.m. at home against Pelham Memorial High School, which suffered a 33-0 loss on Saturday to Poughkeepsie, last years Section 1 Class A champion.
The Tuskers offense took a while to get going in the first half against Yorktown and DeMatteo said after the game that his team had some stage fright in the first two quarters. Somers finally opened up a large lead with 21 second half points to put the game away.
Somers will have to deal with Pelhams standout senior Jon Miller at nose tackle but the Tuskers should not get off to the same slow start they did on Friday against Yorktown because of Pelhams limited roster.
Pelham has little depth on its team this season, while Somers rotates 20 to 25 players throughout each game. Fatigue could play a pivotal role in Fridays game. If Somers jumps ahead early, it could prove too much for Pelham to overcome.
The Pelicans will undoubtedly be anxious to remove the bad taste from the first weeks loss, but Somers will prove to be a difficult challenge for Pelham.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.