BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Bronxville High School football team lost at top-seeded Woodlands, 35-7, Saturday in the semifinals of the Section 1 Class C playoffs.
The No. 3 Broncos fell behind early against Woodlands and could not recover. Bronxville’s lone touchdown came on a 6-yard run from Warren Kraemer with 4:23 left in the second quarter.
Woodlands jumped out to a 21-0 lead with 9:35 left in the second quarter. Bronxville coach Jeff Napolitano said that deficit was simply too much to overcome.
“Once we were down by a couple of scores, it was just hard to come back,” Napolitano said. “Whatever we could do wrong, we did.”
The Falcons used several big plays throughout the game, including a 40-yard screen pass from Justin Riccio to Tyrone Barber that the running back juggled before breaking a tackle and taking off down the sideline.
That play made the score 28-7 early in the third quarter and put some distance between the two teams.
“We talked all week about giving up big plays, and we gave up big plays all day today,” Napolitano said. “That’s something we were trying to avoid.”
Woodlands jumped out early on Bronxville after the Broncos had a bad snap on a punt in the first quarter that gave the Falcons the ball at Bronxville’s 13-yard line. Riccio hit Raymond Jackson a few plays later for the first touchdown of the day.
“I don’t want to say that was it, but we talk about setting the tone and that kind of set the tone for the game,” Napolitano said. “After that, we couldn’t really step up.”
Bronxville finishes its up-and-down season at 4-4. The Broncos started many 10th graders after some of the more experienced players went down with injuries. Senior Luke Marrone, for example, did not play until week five.
Napolitano said the 2012 Broncos were inconsistent, but added that he is optimistic for next season.
“We’ll be fine. I’m not worried,” Napolitano said. “Kids graduate every year so that’s not an issue. We have a lot of kids coming back. We have a lot of experience coming back. We’ll see. It’s no different.”