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Tuckahoe Tigers Roar Back To Rout Kennedy Catholic

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – Down by two touchdowns early in the first quarter Friday afternoon, the Tuckahoe Tigers rebounded with seven straight touchdowns, two each by Kayvon Reid and Shyheim Nixon, to roll to a 48-14 victory over visiting Kennedy Catholic.

“We had to make plays when we got behind,” Reid said. “We haven’t played too well the last two weeks. The coaches told us we have to be focused for four quarters and play better. We did that today.”

Down 14-0, Reid raced 76 yards for the first touchdown late in the first quarter, then quickly followed with a 14-yard romp for another score, tying the game at 14-14. Fullback Nick Reisman scored the go-ahead touchdown and receiver Gary Moss snared a 32-yard touchdown pass and the Tigers hit halftime up 28-14.

Tuckahoe (3-2) opened the season with two shutout victories, and then lost to Bronxville 33-12 and Dobbs Ferry 40-0 before finding their game Friday against the Gaels.

“We played well the first half at Bronxville and then have had problems being consistent,” Tigers coach John D’Arco said after game. “We’re a young group. They responded today when Kennedy jumped on them. These kids have to learn to be focused on every play. Hopefully, we learned some things.”

Kennedy running back Rob Yurkowski scored on a 60-yard run on the Gaels first possession and added another score five minutes later for a quick 14-0 lead, which seemed to stun the Tigers -- and awaken them.

Nixon, who scored from 8 yards and 25 yards out to push the score to 42-14, seemed relieved that his team was back to scoring and making plays on defense.

“It’s been a tough two weeks,” Nixon said. “We were not consistent making plays on defense or offense, but we knew we could play better. The offensive line really blocked well the whole game. And the defense came back.”

LJ Gallo had an interception for the Tigers defense and Darwin Roman closed out the scoring with a 15-yard run. Mike DiLago made 6 of 7 point-after-touchdown kicks.

Tuckahoe hosts Hastings (2-3) next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for Homecoming.

Kennedy (0-4) next hosts Briarcliff Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Somers.

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