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Dobbs Ferry Faces Rye Neck in Homecoming Day Test

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y.  – The regular season that opened with a heart-breaking 15-14 loss to defending Class C state champion Bronxville seven weeks ago, should end on a high note for the Dobb Ferry Eagles Saturday with a Homecoming Day celebration game against winless Rye Neck at 2:30 p.m.

Since losing to Bronxville, a team that the Eagles are hoping to meet again in the late rounds of the playoffs, Dobbs Ferry has won five straight games without a single game in question. Rye Neck (0-6) has had an unusually difficult season, although the Panthers played well last week in a 12-6 loss to Blind Brook.

The Eagles defense has been almost impossible to penetrate, allowing just 41 points for an average of just under seven points per game and recording three shutouts. Linebackers Darien Bica and Matt Fata, linemen Brian Gardner, Tim Soave and John Yozzo-Scaperrotta, and defensive backs Spencer Avalos and Eddie Ritch lead a very quick group.

Avalos leads the offense, which depends mostly on the run option and includes Gardner, Soave, Ritch and a well-coached line that moves the chains.

Steven Falco and Dominic Brescia run the ball for Rye Neck, which has struggled to move the ball, gaining 230 total yards a game. Falco has gained 320 and Brescia 235, while quarterback Tom Pipilo has completed 22 of 62 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns.

Rye Neck won’t be able to score on the Eagles, who pride themselves in defense-first preparation. This will be a tune-up leading to next week’s Class C seeding and opening-round playoff game.

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