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State Champions Bronxville, Tuckahoe Set to Tangle

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Bronxville’s Class C state football champions are riding a 14-game winning streak and Tuckahoe’s Class D state title holders have not lost a game since being defeated by the Broncos last October.

Game on.

"It was a good win this week against Hastings," said linebacker/fullback Jackson Conway. "We came out fast and set the tone early with our running game and defense. Christian (Conway) really ran the ball well and we got great efforts from Alex Saralegui (5 tackles, 1 sack), and Will Kimak (2 sacks) as well as Will Duncan, Luke Marrone and Warren Kramer, who all had interceptions."

Bronxville, 2-0 with wins over Dobbs Ferry and Hastings, hosts neighborhood rival Tuckahoe, also 2-0, Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in an early-season game that may be the toughest test on the schedule for both teams.

The visiting Tigers easily defeated Rye Neck on opening day and Albertus Magnus last Saturday, so the stage is set for this week’s battle of Route 22.

The Broncos went 12-0 last year, including a 33-14 victory over the Tigers, who went on to a 10-1 record after losing at home to Bronxville in the league championship game.

Each team lost a loaded senior class, but Bronxville did return its twin-sibling backfield of Jackson and Christian Conway.

Christian Conway, the team’s leading rusher, rolled for 198 yards and four touchdowns last week in a 43-6 victory over Hasting. He had backup help from running backs Warren Kraemer (43 yards) and Jack Grass (49).

Quarterback Max Boyd completed 3 of 5 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. Matt Tormey and Luke Marrone caught passes with Tormey grabbing one for a touchdown.

The Tigers defense has been as good as last year and the offense, despite losing the entire senior backfield, is showing signs that it can score points.

The Tigers are led by quarterback Mike Castracucco and lead running back Shyheim Nixon, with help from Nick Reisman, Kayvon Reid and Mike DiLago in the backfield.

Nixon rushed for 105 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run, and returned a kick 75 yards for another score. Gary Moss is Castracucco’s key receiver.

Bronxville has the size and the power and Tuckahoe has speed and the memory of last year’s only loss in an otherwise perfect run.

This should be a tight game if Tuckahoe can limit mistakes.

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