By Sean Lynch
Section 9 Football Insider Staff
MAHOPAC — Chester running back Mike Sannino gave everything he had to the Chester football team this season.
The 5-foot-8 senior could be seen dragging defenders every week this season. He had a career-high 226 yards last week in the Class C Championship versus Spackenkill.
In the Class C state playoff quarterfinals at Mahopac, Chester lost to Dobbs Ferry 35-14. Dobbs Ferry defeated the Hambletonians 14-6 three weeks ago.
Sannino, who had a breakout year for the Hambletonians this year, was held to only 66 yards on 16 attempts on Saturday afternoon.
“I thought we played terrible today,” said Sannino. “We didn’t play like the way we normally do and it showed.”
On Dobbs Ferry’s first drive of the game, they recovered two fumbles and got Chester (8-3) to jump offsides on a 4th-and-3 near midfield.
The Eagles took advantage of the Hambletonians defensive mistakes early in the game. Their 17-play opening drive went 99 yards and lasted a little over eight minutes.
Five minutes later, Dobbs Ferry scored on a five yard end-around by Emilio Nolasco, one of his three touchdowns in the game.
Chester answered back with a seven-yard touchdown reception by Jon Alfonso, and converted a two point conversion — trailing 12-8 going into halftime.
“We knew coming into the second half we were going to score a lot to win, and it didn’t happen,” said Sannino.
In the second half, Dobbs Ferry scored 23 consecutive points to give them a 35-7 lead late in the fourth quarter.
6-foot-3 junior receiver Kevin Stein led the Hambletonians with 86 receiving yards, including a two point conversion catch. He wasn’t happy with how the team played, but is confident the team will bounce back next season.
“There were obviously some things on both sides of the ball that we needed to do better today,” Stein said. “We had a great season this year, and I’m proud of all my guys. We’re losing a lot of talented players for next season, but I’m confident we’ll be back next year.”