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Somers' Tony DeMatteo: 'In My Heart, I Never Thought This Would Happen'

Daily Voice talks to legendary Section 1 football coach Tony DeMatteo about career highlights, what it means to take Somers to the state championship game and more.
Daily Voice talks to legendary Section 1 football coach Tony DeMatteo about career highlights, what it means to take Somers to the state championship game and more. Video Credit: Skip Pearlman
Somers coach Tony DeMatteo will make his second state championship game appearance, looking to make it 2-0.
Somers coach Tony DeMatteo will make his second state championship game appearance, looking to make it 2-0. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Somers' fourth-quarter performance in Friday's NYS semifinal, which included a 27-7 scoring outburst, put a rare in-game smile on the face of Tony DeMatteo.
Somers' fourth-quarter performance in Friday's NYS semifinal, which included a 27-7 scoring outburst, put a rare in-game smile on the face of Tony DeMatteo. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Somers topped Burnt Hills Friday night in a NYS semifinal, earning its first state championship game appearance.
Somers topped Burnt Hills Friday night in a NYS semifinal, earning its first state championship game appearance. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Somers' 12th Man cheering section was out in full force supporting their team, and celebrating the win.
Somers' 12th Man cheering section was out in full force supporting their team, and celebrating the win. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

SOMERS, N.Y. -- Hudson Valley legend Tony DeMatteo of Class A state finalist Somers, now in his 47th season as a varsity football coach, has seen a lot.

But even DeMatteo, who has served as mentor  to countless area coaches at various levels, has rarely tasted the elusive air of the state championship game.

DeMatteo and his Somers team topped Burnt Hills in a state semifinal game Friday night, earning the program's first-ever trip to the state championship game, to be played Friday at 3 p.m. at the Carrier Dome.

The coach, who spent 31 years at Roosevelt in Yonkers and is in his 16th season at Somers, got to the Dome in 1996 with Roosevelt, winning a state title, but that was his only state final appearance, making Friday's game even more special.

After this past weekend's semifinal win in Kingston, it was obvious that the coach was thrilled for the players, and the players were thrilled to be taking their coach and mentor back to the state championship game.

Watch the video to see Daily Voice talk to DeMatteo about career highlights, what it means to reach the state championship game and more.

To view a game story of Friday night's semifinal victory with a photo gallery, click here.

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