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Poniros Carries Mamaroneck Past Rival Port Chester

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The last two years, Brett Poniros envisioned what the moment would be like when he got to hold the Anthony “Zimbo” Zimbalatti-Leroy “Roy” O’Neill Trophy.

The Mamaroneck senior, along with his classmates, basked in the moment as the Tigers defeated archrival Port Chester, 50-8, Friday, in the annual rivalry game.Port Chester leads the series, 46-34-5, but Friday, it was the Tigers who owned bragging rights.

Mamaroneck, now 3-3, was presented with the trophy, named in honor of the respective schools’ retired long-time athletic directors, and the seniors enjoyed every moment with it.

“It is the greatest feeling,” said Poniros, who carried 15 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns. “At the beginning of the season, all of the seniors on the team, this was the game we wanted to remember.”

Poniros had scoring runs of 56, 25 and four yards. Robby Nigro added touchdown runs of 60 and eight yards and John Schudy stripped a ball carrier and returned it 27 yards for a score.

“There has been a dust spot in our trophy case, the past couple of years and now we are going to clean off that dust spot and fill it with this trophy,” said Poniros, before going to join his fellow seniors for another picture with the trophy.

Mamaroneck led 21-0 after the first quarter, as Poniros scored from four yards and 25 yards. Port Chester, now 2-4, fumbled on consecutive possessions, which Mamaroneck transformed into two touchdowns.

“We came into this game mentally and physically prepared, Poniros said. “Every day in practice we were focused on the goal. The energy we had, everyone wanted to be at practice and everyone wanted to do their best.”

Port Chester coach Greg Domestico knew his young team was going to be challenged by Mamaroneck.

“We’re a young and inexperienced team,” said Domestico, a former Port Chester football and wrestling standout. “Mamaroneck is disciplined and very well-coached. We felt that we might have to play the perfect game to beat them. When you don’t have the experience, it’s tough to keep it spiraling out of control.”

Port Chester averted the shutout when Justin Masi returned an interception 65 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.

Port Chester 0 0 0 8 -- 8Mamaroneck 21 16 13 0 -- 50

Mamaroneck -- Brett Poniros 4 run (Alexis Contreras kick).Mamaroneck -- Poniros 25 run (Contreras kick).Mamaroneck -- Robby Nigro 8 run (Contreras kick).Mamaroneck -- Contreras 27 field goal,Mamaroneck -- Will Parkinson 11 pass from Parker Thelander (kick failed).Mamaroneck -- John Schudy 27 fumble return (Contreras kick).Mamaroneck -- Poniros 56 run (Contreras kick).Mamaroneck -- Nigro 60 run (run failed).Port Chester -- Justin Masi 65 interception return (Trevor Chambles run).

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