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Dobbs Ferry Eagles Blanks Woodlands Falcons

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. — Close to 200 Eagles fans braved the cold to watch their team defeat the Woodlands Falcon 39-0 for the class C playoffs Saturday afternoon at the Gould Park.

They didn't seem bothered by the snow that patted their faces and forced them to dress for winter in October. On the contrary, as the Eagles kept scoring, some said the weather couldn’t be better.

“It’s a great day for a football game anyway,” said longtime Dobbs Ferry resident Mike Kera, under an umbrella and eating a meatball.

He said he didn’t think the game should have been postponed.

“If it was pouring rain, perhaps, but snow? We’ve played in snow many times,” he said.

Tyler Ricci didn’t have an umbrella but welcomed the snowstorm.

“I love football. This is really football, this weather,” said Ricci, a junior at Iona College and a Dobbs Ferry graduate.

On the opposite side of the field, however, Woodlands staff and supporters had a different opinion.

Matt Smith, athletic director for Woodlands, said the snow hindered the Falcons spread offensive while favoring Dobbs Ferry’s style.

“They like to run the ball, we like to pass the ball,” Smith said. “It’s difficult to pass the ball in this weather.”

Smith added that on a sunny day Woodlands could have had better luck, though Jim Moran, Dobbs Ferry head coach, said the Eagles is a “rocket outside team with a fast offense.”

“We couldn’t run as well,” Moran said.    

Eagles quarterback Spencer Avalos said he “always wanted to play in the snow, but never really got a chance.”

“It was kind of awesome to play in these conditions,” he said. “It helped our defense but also hurt our offense."

Whether helped by the snow or not, the Eagles played better than the Falcons and advanced to the finals, boasting a 7-1 record and five shutouts. They will face the winner of Bronxville and Blind Brook next Saturday at Mahopac High School.

Spencer Avalos scored three touchdowns and had two interceptions on defense. John Yozzo-Scaperotta had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown. Tim Soave ran the ball 11 times for 95 yards and a touchdown and returned a fumble for another touchdown.


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