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Tuckahoe Runs To Victory In State Football Quarterfinal

Bellantoni and Reisman lead Tigers Over Chester
Bellantoni and Reisman lead Tigers Over Chester Video Credit: 0U773raGQ-5VI2yHXJx99Q

KINGSTON, N.Y. – Nick Reisman and Kayvon Reid each rushed for two touchdowns Saturday as Tuckahoe rolled to a 34-18 victory over Section 9's Chester in the Class D state regional quarterfinal football game at Dietz Stadium.

The Section 1 champion Tigers (7-2-1) will play the winner of the Section1 vs. Section 7 area quarterfinal Friday at 4 p.m. in the state regional semifinal, where a victory would propel them to the Syracuse Carrier Dome for the state championship.

Tuckahoe continued its domination of Chester, having won the previous five meetings in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

"We worked the running game off Nick," said Reid, who ran for 158 yards. "The defense keys on him, so I can get holes and I just tried to run through them. This is a very big win for us and I wanted to have a good game."

Reisman, who rushed for 228 yards and scored the Tigers' second and third touchdowns, is 21 yards shy of 1,000 yards for the season. The senior halfback was named the game's Most Valuable Offensive Player.

"The offense did the job, running the ball with Kayvon, Shyheim (Nixon) and me and the offensive line doing a great job," Reisman said. "We have to fix some things on defense against the pass. We have to play better there."

Nixon, the Tigers run-pass option quarterback, hit receiver Mike Castracucco with a 5-yard pass to open the scoring, and Reisman's first touchdown made the score 13-0. Chester scored just before halftime to cut the lead to 13-7.

Reisman opened the scoring in the third quarter and Reid scored the final two touchdowns for Tuckahoe, the last on a 56-yard sprint to the end zone with four minutes to play in the game.

Defensive linemen Joe Bellantoni and Andrew Olivo joined Nixon, Reisman and Reid  to lead the defense. Bellantoni, who made 12 solo tackles and assisted on several others, was named the game's Most Valuable Defensive Player.

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