HARTSDALE, N.Y. – The Woodlands High School football team advanced to the Class C finals with a convincing 35-7 win against Bronxville on Saturday.
The top-seeded Falcons will travel to Mahopac Saturday, Nov. 3, to face No. 2 Rye Neck, which defeated third-seeded Dobbs Ferry, 25-7, in the semifinals.
Senior quarterback Justin Riccio, who threw three touchdown passes Saturday, emphasized how much it meant for the Falcons to get to the sectional finals after they fell short by one game last year.
“It means the world to me, to be honest,” Riccio said. “It means the world to our whole entire team. It’s an awesome feeling.”
The Falcons used several big plays throughout the game, including a 40-yard screen pass from 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.
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.
The Falcons built a 21-0 lead with 9:35 left in the second quarter. Head coach Mike Meade stressed that strategy to his players before the game.
“When we played them last time, we were down 12-0 before we blinked and we fought our way back,” Meade said. “This time I told them it’s got to be us to get off to that start and it happened.”
Some members of Woodlands’ 1985 section championship team attended the game, which was the first home playoff game for the Falcons since that season. Riccio said he hopes his team can repeat that success.
“It’s nice. It probably brings them back memories,” Riccio said. “Hopefully we can do what they did. Maybe do even a little better.”
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