BREWSTER – Three fumbles. One on the Brewster 5-yard line. A touchdown called back for a hold. A bad snap on a punt, resulting in Brewster’s Connor Dignan scoring.
Thirty-five points allowed.
Obviously a loss.
Living by the big play – or multiple big plays – Somers beat host Brewster 42-35 Friday night in a Class A semifinal game.
The 8-1 Tuskers will face Yorktown Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Mahopac High School in the Section 1 Class A final.
Somers’ only loss this season was to Yorktown.
The Tuskers led 28-7 at the end of just the first quarter.
But Brewster came back time and again.
“It was a crazy game,” Brewster coach Ed Mulvihill said, actually understating things.
In a game whose score would indicate there was no defense, Somers linebacker Antonio Viera had an incredible game.
He had eight solo tackles and 15 half tackles. Seven of his tackles were for losses. He also tipped a pass away and blocked a Brewster extra point.
Messiah Horne ran for 194 yards and two touchdowns for the Tuskers and made a all-star smart play, intentionally not scoring with 1:28 left to allow Somers to run out the clock.
One of Horne’s TDs was a 54-yarder in which he appeared stopped twice but ended up bowling over his would-be tacklers.
Player of the game: But the player of the game was Somers’ receiver Matt Pires, a former running back who basically returned to that role Friday.
Pieres ran for 177 yards on just six carries for three touchdowns. A penalty call took away a fourth TD.
Turning point: There were multiple possible turning points but Pires’ unbelievable, 38-yard TD run (his 3rd TD), featuring multiple cutbacks gets the nod. It put Somers up 35-21 with 11:47 left.
Stat line: Despite being shaken up in the first half, Brewster quarterback Jack Guida played like the all-star he is. He threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two other scores.
Quotables: But Mulvihill praised Somers’ defense, remarking, “I thought they did a great job making Jack earn his yards.”
Of the difference in the game, he said, “Their overall speed inside and out got the better of us.”
Viera said the game was “very stressful on the field.”
But, he added, “We kept going and didn’t let up. We’re excited for this game.”
Pires, who was a back until he got injured last year, scored just 18 seconds into the game on a 66-yard run on Somers’ first play from scrimmage.
“This is definitely the best game I’ve had,” he said.
He added that coach Tony DeMatteo had told him if he was double- or triple-teamed out at his receiver position, he’d find a way to get him the ball.
“I felt like a halfback,” he said, grinning.