The rematch between defending Section 1 and state Class D champion Bronxville and rival Dobbs Ferry was expected to be a close contest looking back to the 2011 season opener when the Broncos slipped by the Eagles 15-14.
But Dobbs Ferry (8-1) stunned the previously unbeaten Broncos (8-1) Saturday, using a powerful running game a strategic passing offense in a decisive 38-14 victory to claim the Section 1 Class C crown at Mahopac High school. It was the Eagles first Section 1 title since winning seven straight from 2001-2007.
We have been dreaming of this moment since we were in middle school watching all the great Dobbs teams play, said Eagles running back Eddie Ritch, who ran for 102 yards. After we lost by a point on opening day, we couldnt get it out of our minds because we knew we should have won that game. This is what we wanted, to play Bronxville and beat them.
The Eagles, who advanced to next weeks state regional quarterfinal against Section 9 champion ONeill next Saturday at Dietz Stadium in Kingston, rushed for 427 yards with Ritch, John Yozzo-Scaperotta and Time Soave each gaining more than 100 yards.
This is what we wanted to do, Soave said holding back tears. We knew we could beat Bronxville. They are a great team. All the practice and work paid off for us.
The Eagles snapped Bronxvilles overall 20-game winning streak (30 games in Section 1) dating back to the end of the 2009-10 season.
Eagles lineman Darien Bica was named the game's Most Valuable Lineman and Scaperrotta the Most Valuable Offensive Player.
First-year Eagles coach Jim Moran, who grew up on nearby Hastings and played at Stepinac High School, was stoic on the field after the game while his players danced and limped around.
This is a special group of athletes, Moran said Saturday. That loss to Bronxville on opening day may have been the best thing that could have happened to us because these kids kept going back to it. Weve made strides each week, added more and more to the game plan, and we used it all.
Dobbs Ferry opened the scoring on a Soave touchdown and the Broncos answered with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Max Boyd to wideout Will Tormey, who caught six passes from Boyd. From there on the Eagles scored 31 straight points to take a 38-7 lead before Broncos back Christian Conway scored on a 68-yard run late in the fourth quarter to make it 38-14.
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