Hudson Valley Sports Report

PREVIEW: MAHOPAC FOOTBALL TO RELY ON SENIORS

Quarterback Anthony Dematteo Leads An Experienced Group

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

For most teams, being moved down a class in enrollment size for athletic competition would be a god-send.

For Mahopac High School, it might as well be going from the frying pan into the fire.

For years, the Indians were at the top of the food chain competing in Class AA but its enrollment fell last year and it dropped down to Class A. For football, that means competing against the largest class in Section 1 and, arguably, the most talented with the most depth.

It won’t be easy, but Mahopac will rely on a core group of seniors under head coach Dominic DeMatteo.

Start with DeMatteo’s son, quarterback Anthony DeMatteo. In the shortened spring season that concluded just four months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DeMatteo completed 59 percent of his passes for 682 yards, seven touchdowns and only two interceptions.

“Anthony stepped up significantly this past spring with his production and leadership,” his father said. “ He has the potential to be one of the better QBs in the Lower Hudson Valley this fall.”

DeMatteo said the same thing about Adam Montalvo, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound two-way lineman who will help protect his son.

“Adam was an extremely consistent player on both sides of the ball this past spring, and at times he was dominant on defense,” DeMatteo said. “He has the potential to be one of the better linemen in the Lower Hudson Valley this fall.”

Joining him up front in one of his many roles is Ryan Reilly.

“Ryan has played tight end, offensive tackle, outside linebacker and inside linebacker for us the past two years,” DeMatteo said. “He will play offensive tackle and inside linebacker this year. He is one of the most versatile players I have ever coached and will be one of the better players in our area this fall.”

Another two-way senior standout is Ryan Rondeau, who will play wide receiver and defensive back for the Indians.

“Ryan has evolved into one of our most consistent skill players and possesses leadership ability,” DeMatteo said. “One of his best attributes is his ability to tackle in space. Ryan will play multiple positions for us.”

Other key contributors for Mahopac this year will be senior running back/defensive back Steven Perrone; junior skill position player Joey Koch, whom DeMatteo said could be a “difference-maker” this year; senior lineman/linebacker Craig Perri; Tyler Maewsky, a senior who will likely go both ways on the lines; and tight end/linebacker Colum Ranaghan.

One person who won’t be able to help this fall is Michael Harney, who would have been a big contributor.

“Michael unfortunately suffered an injury during the lacrosse season and will not be able to participate this fall,” DeMatteo said. “He was another emotional leader who played a significant amount of reps on offense and defense for the past two seasons. Michael’s athleticism and experience will be greatly missed on both sides of the ball.”

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