Broncos rout Riverdale


Pat Bisconti barrels over some Falcons defenders. Bisconti’s three-touchdown performance helped the Broncos run wild. Photos/Bobby Begun

On Oct. 12, the Bronxville Broncos took another step towards the postseason with a convincing 43-22 win over Riverdale. The win brings the surging Broncos to 5-1 on the year with just one game left to go in the regular season.

Bronxville utilized a punishing ground attack against the Falcons, led by a stellar performance from Pat Bisconti. Bisconti chewed up the field, gaining 258 yards on 31 carries, and found the end zone three times to pace the Broncos offense.

“All the credit has to go to the offensive line,” Bisconti said after the game. “They stayed low, they were fast off the ball and they opened up some big holes for me.”


Parker Lapins carries the ball against Riverdale on Oct. 12. The Broncos would best the Falcons 43-22.

Coming into Saturday’s game, the Broncos didn’t quite know what to expect from Riverdale. The Bronx private school had never before squared off against Bronxville, but came into the match-up owning a 2-2 record.
“We watched a little film and we knew a little about them,” Bisconti said. “It may have been a non-league game, but we took it as seriously as if it was a league game.”

For the Broncos, advancing to 5-1 is a big deal, considering the squad was just 4-4 on the year in 2012. Heading into the season, though, Bisconti said he and his teammates were well aware that this year, the squad had the potential to be a true playoff threat. They came out on top in some tough early-season contests with Tuckahoe and Woodlands. Though they fell to a good Dobbs Ferry squad, the Broncos have had their way with their opponents otherwise.


Quarterback Will Duncan scrambles for a gain against the Falcons. Bronxville could secure a top playoff seed if Tuckahoe beats Dobbs Ferry this week.

“We always had this as a mental note, 5-1 is exactly where we want to be,” Bisconti said.

Though Bisconti was the hero on Saturday, a number of Broncos have stepped up this year, especially in the backfield, where Bronxville has gotten solid contributions from other running backs like James McDermott and also from quarterback Will Duncan.

“The thing is, we don’t have one athlete that we rely on,” Bisconti said. “Everyone plays a little role, everybody contributes.”

With next week’s homecoming game against Haldane on the horizon, Bisconti said the team is champing at the bit for the postseason to commence, but the coaching staff, led by Jeff Napolitano, has done a good job keeping the team–and its expectations–grounded.


James McDermott eludes a tackle on Oct. 12. McDermott is one of many Broncos who has made a big contribution this year.

“Always in the back of the mind, you’re thinking about a section championship,” Bisconti said. “But we know that the most important game is always the next one, on Saturday, so we’re looking forward to that.”

If the Broncos beat Haldane, they will be assured of the second seed in the Class C playoffs with a chance to finish first if Dobbs falters against Tuckahoe.

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