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Sleepy Hollow Football Defeats Rival Ossining

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – The Sleepy Hollow High School's football team ended decades of frustration Friday night when it defeated its bitter rival Ossining, 34-21.

Sleepy Hollow had not defeated Ossining since 1984, well before any of the players in the game were even born.

The two teams did not meet from 1991 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2010. But Horsemen head coach Steve Borys said the rivalry has picked up steam again despite the limited number of games in the past few decades.

“The communities, it doesn’t sound like they missed a beat,” Borys said. “They’ve been going bananas about this. We’ve got old-timers dragging themselves out with their canes. They’re coming out of the woodwork.”

Sleepy Hollow (6-1) quarterback Devin Lopez rushed for more than 100 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Horsemen’s victory, including a 54-yard touchdown run in the final minute that put the game out of reach.

“Their defense was locked down in passing so we took to my legs and my line did a great job blocking,” Lopez said. “My wideouts did a great job. I found the seams and I ran for it.”

Borys said the win was huge for the program.

“Last year we had a real heartbreaker against them,” Borys said. “We lost one that we really felt we should have won. This was just, it feels great. It’s what you sign up for.”

Ossining pulled out every trick in its bag for this game but it still was not enough. Borys expected the Pride to throw everything it had at the Horsemen and credited Ossining head coach Dan Ricci for his creative mind.

“They threw at least three halfback passes. I was expecting a flea flicker. We were expecting everything,” Borys said. “I thought an air strike, a spaceship was going to land. We didn’t know what the hell was going to happen.”

The game was a back-and-forth affair that had two ties and multiple lead changes, but Sleepy Hollow pulled away with two rushing touchdowns by Lopez after the score was tied at 21 in the third quarter.

Ricci said the loss of quarterback Justin Davidov, among other injuries, hurt the team. The Pride trailed, 28-21, with less than five minutes remaining and had four chances to get in the end zone from inside the Sleepy Hollow 20, but could not do it.

“We got Justin there, they’re not stopping us. He’s the option threat,” Ricci said. “So I got what I could out of everybody I had.”

Ossining finished the regular season at 2-5 and Ricci said the Pride is far better than its record.

“This has been our season. We’re 2-5 and every game we’re winning,” Ricci said. “We’re right there against Somers, against Poughkeepsie, against Sleepy. We’re just as good as all of these teams. We just don’t finish. That’s what it’s been all year. We just haven’t been able to put things away.”

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