Rye v Somers Preview/pick
Posted Thursday, September 12, 2013 by Lohud Staff Josh Thompson
Somers vs. Rye
When: Sunday, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Somers High School
Key players: Somers — Tim Cousin (5-10, 160), Sr., QB; Matt Morgante, (5-10, 170), Jr., RB/DB; Connor Vlasaty (5-8, 170), Sr., RB/DB. Rye — Andrew Livingston (6-1, 170), Jr., QB; Chris Santangelo (5-10, 170), Sr., WR/DB; Shane O’Malley (5-9, 170), Sr., RB/LB.
Key matchup: Somers pass defense vs. Rye passing game.
Outlook: Both teams looked impressive in their season openers. Somers controlled the game throughout on the road at Poughkeepsie despite breaking almost an entirely new team. The Tuskers are smaller up front than during last year’s section title run, but they still were strong at the point of attack. They’ll face a different test this week in Rye. Livingston threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns in a rout of Spring Valley as the Garnets showcased their wide-open offense. They’ll face a tougher challenge in Somers and will need to prove they can provide time to reproduce those type of numbers against a quality opponent.
Prediction: Rye 28, Somers 17. As Tony DeMatteo said, you can’t judge Somers by last week, a game it played against a team that couldn’t possibly have been ready. Rye will test the Tuskers in multiple ways, and I think the Garnets’ dynamic offense will be too much.