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Scarsdale football shows growth

Posted Saturday, November 06, 2010 by By Rick Carpiniello of LoHud.com
WHITE PLAINS — The last time Scarsdale won a bowl game, in 1989, it beat Suffern, coached by Andy Verboys. The following year, Verboys went to Scarsdale as an assistant to his father-in-law Dick Palladino, and Scarsdale lost a bowl game to Carmel.

 It was 20 years between bowls for the Raiders, who beat North Rockland 31-24 in the Donald DeMatteo Bowl at Loucks Field Friday night to finish a renaissance season with a 7-2 record. Verboys took over the program five years ago, originally just wanting to be competitive.

Then he and his staff — and a strong group of players — decided competitive wasn't enough.

"The mission was this year, to establish us as a force in AA," Verboys said. "We came close, and we had a lot of miscues that happened in the big games, but I've got a great crop coming up and we're going to get better and better the next two or three years. So we're excited. This is awesome."

The players felt the same way.

"Ever since our freshman year, when we all came together and went 7-0, we just knew that we had something special there," receiver Matt Wheeler said. "I think this team had a different fight that Scarsdale doesn't have usually. It's a whole different team. We all have a little bit of nasty and we all just want to win."

Scarsdale had its hands full of a very game North Rockland team, which hung in there during a track meet of a first half. It went up 3-0 on a Tom O'Riordan field goal. Scarsdale answered quickly on a 58-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brian Bauersfeld. North Rockland came right back with the first of three touchdown passes by Matt Lonergan, a 15-yarder to James Foiles for a 9-7 lead.

Scarsdale opened the second quarter with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Bauersfeld to Will Hewitt and it was 14-9. North Rockland bounced right back, Longergan throwing the first of two TD passes to Tom Nelson, and hitting Nelson for a 2-point conversion for a 17-14 lead. Scarsdale's Johan Drakes broke off a 76-yard touchdown run and it was 21-17, then added a field goal before the half to make it 24-17.

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