SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. - Sleepy Hollow High School football coach Steve Borys predicted early in summer practice that his team's offense would need a spark from new quarterback Devin Lopez and several key players and early results produced a big win over Yonkers-Riverside High School.
The Horsemen rolled to a 54-8 victory over an obviously overmatched Riverside squad but used the opportunity to refine their offense that will need to be on the mark this week against Rye High School.
"We were cruising up and down the field and it started with our big, tough line," Lopez said. "They opened up holes for our backs, who hit the holes hard and fast. When we went to pass , I had so much time to throw and our receivers ran nice crisp routes to get open. With no pressure in my face, I calmly delivered the ball. It was truly a team effort."
Lopez completed 3 of 3 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown, while halfback Dante Ellis ran for 53 yards and a touchdown. Dominic Onwe showed his speed and versatility by scoring on a 76-yard kickoff return, a 24-yard run, and a 22-yard reception of a Lopez pass.
"We all knew what to expect from Riverside," Lopez said. "They had some good athletes, so we keyed on their playmakers, like their quarterback. We were prepared for certain plays in certain formations, so our defense had a great game. We let up one touchdown on a screen and we couldn't wrap the guy up."
Lopez said he and his teammates enjoyed the victory but were back at work preparing for always strong Rye team they will visit Friday at 7 p.m.
"We need to work on our defensive pursuit," Lopez said. "If we can get every man running to the ball until the whistle, we'll be in good shape."
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