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Bronxville-Dobbs Ferry Rematch for Class C Title

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y.  -- Bronxville defeated Dobbs Ferry by a single point eight weeks ago on opening day and neither team has lost a game since, leading to a much-anticipated rematch for the Section 1 Class C championship set for Saturday at 8 p.m. at Mahopac High School.

“I am expecting another great game like the first one,” Dobbs Ferry’s Matt Fata said. “Overall, throughout the season I feel like we have progressively gotten better each game. Bronxville is a great program and a great team, and I am really excited for the game.”

Bronxville (8-0), the defending Section 1 and New York State Class C champion and No. 1 seed, earned the home-field advantage over the Eagles (7-1) eight weeks back by scoring 15 points in the final three minutes to win the opener. Neither team has been threatened in its next seven victories, including easy wins for both in last week’s semifinals.

The Broncos, 12-0 in last year’s first state championship season, have won 20 straight games since losing the Class C state title game in 2010 and have not lost a Section 1 game (30 in a row) since losing to Croton on October 25, 2008.

The Eagles were 4-4 last season but have been rejuvenated with a strong senior class under first-year coach Jim Moran. Dobbs Ferry has rolled over opponents behind a stubborn defense that has allowed 41 points and recorded five shutouts, including a 37-0 victory over Woodlands in last Saturday’s Class C semifinal.

Running back Christian Conway has set all kinds of rushing records for the Broncos, rushing for more than 1,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in eight games. Dobbs Ferry held Conway for most of the game on opening day and led 14-0 before the senior back scored twice and ran in a two-point conversion for the win.

Dobbs Ferry’s offense mixes a power running game with sophomore fullback Tim Soave pounding the ball and quarterback Spencer Avalos, the team’s leading rusher, Eddie Ritch and Brian Gardner carrying the ball.

“The first game against Bronxville we were inexperienced running a new offense and it was really was tough for us,” said Fata. “We definitely have matured as team and have we are all clicking now and know what to do on all our plays.”

This game will feature Dobbs Ferry’s defense against Bronxville’s running game with Conway the key as always. Look for the Broncos to mix in a passing game to keep the Eagles off balance. The Eagles offense can score against anyone.

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