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Bronxville-Dobbs Ferry Rematch for Class C Title

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. –  Bronxville defeated Dobbs Ferry by a single point eight weeks ago on opening day and neither team has lost a game since, leading to a much-anticipated rematch for the Section 1 Class C championship set for Saturday at 8 p.m. at Mahopac High School.

“Dobbs is going to be a dogfight like it was week one,” Broncos co-captain Sean Callahan said.  “This time the stakes are much higher. We’re going to be working harder than ever before to get ready for that 8 p.m. at Mahopac next Saturday.”

Bronxville (8-0), the defending Section 1 and New York State Class C champion and No. 1 seed, earned the home-field advantage over the second-seeded Eagles (7-1) by scoring 15 points in the final three minutes to win the opener 15-14. Neither team has been threatened in its next seven victories, including two easy wins in last week’s semifinals.

The Broncos, 12-0 in last year’s first state championship season for the school, have won 20 straight games since losing the Class C state title game in 2010 and have not lost a Section 1 game (30 in a row) since losing to Croton on October 25, 2008.

The Eagles were 4-4 last season, but have been rejuvenated with a strong senior class under first-year coach Jim Moran. Dobbs Ferry has rolled over opponents behind a stubborn defense that has allowed 41 points and recorded five shutouts, including a 37-0 victory over Woodlands in last Saturday’s Class C semifinal.

Running back Christian Conway has set all kinds of rushing records for the Broncos, rushing for more than 1,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in eight games. He scored six times in last week’s semifinal win over Blind Brook. Dobbs Ferry held Conway for most of the game on opening day and led 14-0 before the senior back scored twice and ran in a two-point conversion for the win.

Dobbs Ferry’s offense mixes a power running game with sophomore fullback Tim Soave pounding the ball and quarterback Spencer Avalos, the team’s leading rusher, Eddie Ritch and Brian Gardner carrying the ball.

Broncos quarterback Max Boyd is looking forward to the challenge.

“I'm excited to see Dobbs again because all the talk has been about the two best teams in Section 1 Class C at the moment being Dobbs and us,” Boyd said. “We really have stepped it up in the past couple weeks and were coming into this game off some great performances, which is really going to help us. It's going to be a great game under the lights.”

This game will feature Dobbs Ferry’s defense against Bronxville’s running game with Conway the key as always. Look for the Broncos to mix in a passing game to keep the Eagles off balance.

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