EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – The Tuckahoe High School football team put the rest of Class C on notice with its convincing win against Dobbs Ferry High School on Saturday.
The Tigers crushed the defending state champions, 38-14, in a game that let future opponents know that Tuckahoe is a contender in Section 1. Running back Nick Reisman, who rushed for more than 200 yards against the Eagles, said the game also proved something to the Tigers themselves.
“I hope so, but really this week we had a lot of doubt and that was working against us,” Reisman said, “but we knew that was just great motivation and we had to come play hard.”
The Tigers earned a measure of revenge against the Eagles after Dobbs Ferry blew out Tuckahoe, 40-0, last season. But what the Tigers showed Saturday more than anything else was the strength of their defense.
Tuckahoe had given up just seven points heading into Saturday’s game when the Tigers faced a tough test against Dobbs Ferry running back Tim Soave. Tuckahoe’s defense keyed in on him and held the running back to 101 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
“You don’t stop a back like Soave. He’s a top, top running back. You don’t stop him,” said Tuckahoe head coach John D’Arco. “We just wanted to contain him.”
The Tigers also held Dobbs Ferry to just 263 total yards of offense, thanks in part to a hunch D’Arco had coming into the game.
“I had a gut feeling that they were going to throw the ball,” D’Arco said. “I’ve been playing Dobbs Ferry for a long time. I think they threw the ball today more than they did in the last ten years. So that’s a good sign for our defense.”
Dobbs Ferry is a different team than it was last season when it won the state championship. But the way Tuckahoe’s defense slowed down the Eagles showed Class C that the Tigers are not going away anytime soon.
“There’s a fine line between the good teams and the great teams and we’re closing the gap slowly but surely, week in, week out,” D’Arco said.