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Briarcliff Hosts Putnam Valley in Home Opener

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- Briarcliff football coach John Consorti and his team erased the memory of last year’s 0-8 record in one quick offensive burst last Saturday with a 32-29 victory over Irvington, and the Bears look to build on that first win when they host Putnam Valley Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

“We have some talent and the focus is better than it was last season,” Conforti said during a preseason scrimmage two weeks ago. “What we need is for our senior players to step up and show leadership and everyone to fill a role and we can be good.”

Conforti’s guarded optimism was rewarded with game action as quarterback Ryan Hooper and the offense ran up 358 yards in the win over Irvington. Cooper completed 10 of 17 passes and tossed three touchdowns and halfback Colin Orr also threw a touchdown pass.

Jackson Plimpton caught four passes for 202 yards and three scores while Orr grabbed three for Putnam Valley rolled to a 30-0 victory over a young and inexperienced Pleasantville team, gaining 293 yards on the ground, led by lead back Antonio Martinez with 178 yards and three touchdowns.

Briarcliff’s running game was non-existent and needs to provide more punch. The Bears defense, which allowed 280 total yards to Irvington, must be more consistent against Putnam Valley, especially against Martinez and the ground game. Kevin Meyers and Justin Cebel led the defense with 12 and 10 tackles, respectively.

Look for Briarcliff to try to move the ball on the ground and use its passing game to open up the running game. Putnam Valley quarterback Colin Gembecki threw just six passes and completed two. Expect the visitors to run, run, and run the ball. Will Briarcliff win its home opener against Putnam Valley?

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