DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. The Dobbs Ferry Eagles had an upset victory over Class C state champion Bronxville within their grasp last Saturday before cramping muscles and a hot and humid afternoon and the Broncos power running game stole the glory.
"I think we have a good balance on offense and a good, tough defense to compete with the better teams," first-year Eagles coach Jim Moran said in summer practice. "I think this team has the potential to win every week."
The Eagles (0-1), who did show how good they could be against powerful Bronxville for three quarters, will visit Valhalla Friday at 7 p.m. in search of its first victory of the young season. Up 14-0 going into the fourth quarter against Bronxville, the Eagles lost some of their early strength as several players on both teams suffered cramps and bumps and bruises.
Bronxville handled the ordeal by giving the ball to senior running back Christian Conway, who scored twice and ran in a two-point conversion in the game's final minutes to help Bronxville to a 15-14 victory. But before the team was worn down by a powerful opponent the Eagles showed that they were as good or better than the Broncos.
The team moved the ball behind quarterback Spencer Avalos, who rushed for 83 yards, including a 47-yeard touchdown run that gave the Eagles the early lead. Avalos also proved his skill as a passer, completing 6 of 11 passes for 120 yards.
Tim Soave, who was limited by cramping, Eddie Ritch and John Yozzo-Scaperrotta rushed for an impressive 203 yards combined. Matt Fata caught four Avalos passes for 80 yards.
The Eagles will move the ball as long as the team is ready to play four quarters.
Valhalla is young and inexperienced and showed it last week in losing to upstate Dover 40-8. Expect the Eagles to pile up the yards on the ground with Avalos leading the way. Soave, a 220-pound sophomore is a powerful weapon and Ritch and Fata have good speed in the open field. Dobbs Ferry would love to play Bronxville again later in the Class C playoffs and should take advantage of the Vikings for that first win under Moran.
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