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Falcons Ready to Do Battle With Eagles

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — “Down, set, hit.”

Woodlands coaches repeated those words many times Friday afternoon, during the defensive drills that took a big part of the Falcons' last practice for their playoff game against the Eagles, scheduled for Saturday at noon at Dobbs Ferry.

“The key of the game is going to be defense,” said Mike Meade, Woodlands head coach.

Meade recognized that it will be a challenge to stop the Eagles’ powerful offense, but said they will have an equally hard task when the Falcons have the ball.

“I respect their defense,” Meade said. “But I don’t know if they faced anything like us for offense.”

The Falcons’ players also showed confidence that they can get out of Gould Park with a victory. Quarterback Justin Riccio echoed his coach’s words regarding the Eagles’ defense.

“I don’t think they can guard all our receivers and running backs,” Riccio said.

Linebacker Ency Alcin said the team practiced hard for the game during the week.

“They might be a good team, but we are ready,” he said, highlighting that both teams have a 6-1 record this season.

Meade said it will be good for the “kids” to face a school well known for its strong football.

“They’ve got a tradition there. We’d like to start one here,” he said.

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