Capone and Dumont keep Thanksgiving streak alive by Greg Mattura of The Record
TENAFLY – Steven Capone owns the unique honor of winning four consecutive Thanksgiving football games in a Dumont uniform.
Capone and the Huskies stretched their Thanksgiving winning streak to a program-record four games with a 43-6 victory over Tenafly on Thursday at Geissinger Field in the 69th edition of this holiday rivalry.
“It means the world,” said Capone, a two-way senior lineman. “At the beginning of freshman year [in 2014], we knew that we had the chance to start it because our seniors brought the win for us.”
That win in 2014 was significant for Dumont, because it snapped a streak of nine consecutive victories by Tenafly. In a tradition that began in 1949, Tenafly has dominated, winning 10 in a row starting in 1964, and leading the series, 44-24-1.
Capone is one of eight seniors on a 41-player roster, but he is the only one who was in uniform for this game as a freshman, coach Rick Burd said. It’s a major turnaround considering that, while these 12th graders were in first through eighth grades, Dumont was suffering one loss after another to Tenafly.
The victory also was significant for Burd, a 2006 Dumont graduate in his first season as head coach after serving as an assistant. He is part of a streak that surpassed the Huskies’ group that won three in a row starting in 1957.
“No matter what level you’re at, player, coach, or the head coach now, it’s sweet to win,” Burd said. “This one’s a little sweeter because it’s the fourth and my first one as a head coach.”
Big finish: Dumont (5-5) finished .500 by winning four of its last five games. This is the second time in three years that the Huskies finished .500, and their last winning season was 6-4 in 2006.
“Unfortunately, 1-4 was not the start we were looking for,” Burd said. “But at the halfway point in the year, I challenged my guys to come out and answer the call. And the seniors took the team on their back and carried them the rest of the way, and that’s a testament to the seniors, that’s a testament to the captains, and that’s why we are 4-1 in the last five games.”
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Key stat: Dumont scored 43 consecutive points, after trailing 6-0 in the first quarter following an 11-play, 61-yard drive capped by Tenafly senior quarterback Dan Steinberg’s 1-yard TD run. Dumont scored two TDs in each of the next three quarters, with junior quarterback Jake Vietri rushing for one score and passing for three.
“We came out in the first half a little slow, but that’s kind of the story of our season,” Vietri said. “Almost all of our games we did that. At halftime the coaches talk to us, amp us up, and we come out in the second half a different team. And that’s exactly what happened today.”
Plays of the day: Dumont junior receiver Jacob Berrocal made a one-handed catch in the end zone for an 18-yard TD to provide a 22-6 lead with 9:18 left in the third quarter. It came on the first possession of the third and set the tone for the Huskies’ stellar second half. Honorable mention goes to senior Ryan Cocciadiferro, who scored his second TD by breaking a couple of tackles to turn a short completion into a 68-yard TD with 8:05 left in the game.
Quotable: “Tough game today,” said Peter Toale, in his first year as coach at Tenafly (1-9). “I’m just happy that our seniors could be part of kind of the rebuilding here of Tenafly.”