EASTCHESTER, N.Y. The Eastchester and Somers football teams will meet at Somers High School Friday night at 7 p.m. with a playoff berth in the balance.
Eastchester (3-3) revived its playoff hopes by defeating Nyack 9-7 last Saturday in a defensive battle on a windy day that hampered both offenses.
The Huskers (4-2) are coming off a 21-12 loss to powerhouse Poughkeepsie with their only other setback a 7-3 loss to Brewster, a team that the Eagles defeated 35-20. Both teams lost to Poughkeepsie.
Things are great, were coming off a big win against Nyack to keep our playoff berth alive and now we head to a recently defeated Somers to win and get in, Eastchesters Rick DelGatto said. This game is everything. The loser will walk and the winner goes on.
Quarterback Greg DiCarlo leads the run-first Eagles offense that features running back Rob Carinci and Jack Calbi. The Eagles have been outscored 120-109, so the defense will need a strong effort to stop the Huskers running game and keep the game close.
The Eagles defense, which has held opponents to 18 points per game, is anchored by Tom Cirillo, Tom Medico and Pat Guido and at safety by Joe Arcidiacono.
Somers boasts a running game that averages 240 yards a game with Chris Silva (448 rushing yards and four touchdowns), Stefano Bicknese (395 yards, four touchdowns) and Joe Lombardo (395 yards, four touchdowns). Quarterback Kevin Cousins has completed 17 of 32 passes for 235 yards just to keep defense honest.
The low-scoring Huskers depend on a tough defense that has held opponents to 86 points, an average of 12.7 points per game. Expect this game to be low scoring with special teams and big plays determining the outcome.
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