TUCKAHOE, N.Y. Another week of football brings another tough test for the Tuckahoe Tigers, who will travel to Dobbs Ferry Friday night for a showdown with the hometown Eagles in a 7 p.m. start.
Our focus this week is just on Dobbs and trying to make a statement that we are still a team to beat, Tigers running back/linebacker Mile DiLago said. We are going to continue to practice hard and go out on Friday night and try to get a big win against a good Dobbs team.
Each team has suffered its only loss to Bronxville. The Eagles (2-1) wasted a 14-0 fourth-quarter lead on opening day, losing 15-14 in the final three minutes. Bronxville topped Tuckahoe 33-12 last Saturday in the Tigers first loss of the season.
Tigers sophomore quarterback Mike Castracucco has been growing up quickly with each performance and will throw the ball with confidence. He completed 6 of 14 for 42 yards and a touchdown to prime receiver Gary Moss against Bronxville. His backfield, led by speedy Shyheim Nixon and fullback Nick Reisman, can move the ball on the ground.
Dobbs Ferry has been rolling since the Bronxville loss, shutting out Valhalla and Hastings 42-0 and 37-0 respectively. Quarterback Spencer Avalos leads the way with and running backs Eddie Ritch and Brian Gardner, who complied 345 rushing yards in last weeks win. Ritch gained 130 yards and raced 40 yards for a score and Gardner rushed for 125 yards and a 55-yard touchdown against Hastings.
The Class D state champions are taking last weeks loss as a learning experience as they go against another Class C opponent in Dobbs Ferry (2-1). The Eagles need a win here to keep their momentum.
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