DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. Dobbs Ferry running back Tim Soave rushed for 190 yards and four scores and the host Eagles overcame an early deficit Friday to forge a 43-19 victory over neighboring Hastings.
"It's great having three or four backs that can run the ball, and the guys all ran it tonight," Soave said. "We want to control the ball and give the other team three downs and out on defense."
The Eagles shook off last week's loss to Tuckahoe and lifted their record to 4-1, while Hastings fell to 1-4.
Soave got great support from running backs Brian Gardner, Chris Addorisio and freshman Jibril Kapadia, who each ran the ball well. Gardner and Addorisio each scored a touchdown, and Gardner, Soave, Nick Becerra, Riley Neiman and Matt Annicchiarico anchored the defense.
"We work everything off the Rocket," Addorisio said of the running plays. "We have to get better on defense and keep up the running game against Woodlands."
The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring with a 32-yard drive after recovering a Dobbs Ferry fumble on the opening kickoff in Eagles territory. Quarterback Rob Hevia ran it in from the 1-yard line for a 6-0 lead.
But Dobbs Ferry scored the next 23 points, with Soave scoring twice and running mate Brian Gardner adding a touchdown.
Hevia hit wideout Joe Goldbloom with a pass from 12 yards out to pull Hastings to within 23-12 late in the third quarter. But Soave scored his third touchdown on the next possession to extend the lead to 30-12. Devin Nunez made the final Hastings touchdown to make it 31-19 before the Eagles scored twice more in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles will host unbeaten Woodlands (4-0) next Saturday at Gould Park at 1:30 p.m. Dobbs Ferry eliminated Woodlands in last year's Class C semifinals in a snowstorm.
Hastings visits Rye Neck next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
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