SOMERS, N.Y. – Yorktown’s football team was out for revenge after suffering two losses last season to Somers, including being eliminated by the Tuskers in the Class A qualifying round.
Huskers Dylan Smith and Keith Boyer proved too much, combining for 449 yards of offense. Yorktown closed the game on a 17-0 run to pull off a 30-12 victory on Sept. 13. With 2:13 remaining in the fourth quarter, the lights went out and the game was called.
“We love being the underdogs,” Smith said. “[Somers] is a great team and has great players. Their coach (Tony DeMatteo) is amazing and it was a great game. Since last year we’ve been coming for vengeance against this team. We worked all summer long since school ended.”
Following Jack Kaiser’s 69-yard highlight-reel touchdown run, host Somers cut Yorktown’s lead to a point, 13-12, just over a minute into the third quarter. Kaiser barreled over multiple Yorktown defenders along the way.
“We needed to push the ball to the outside since they were loading the box the entire game,” said Kaiser, who rushed for 97 yards on 12 carries. “I discussed it with the coaches and I didn’t see much but a little crease so I hit it and I saw I wasn’t going to be able to cut it back and reverse the field so I took it.”
But the Huskers answered with a 29-yard field goal to extend the lead to 16-12 with 2:09 left in the third quarter.
Smith flew for a 40-yard touchdown on third-and-inches to make it 23-12 with 10:43 left in the fourth quarter. Boyer then added an insurance touchdown on the Huskers’ next possession, going 38 yards off tackle to close out the scoring.
After a scoreless first quarter, Yorktown quarterback Trevvon Johnson found Boyer on a swing pass to his left. Boyer, a lacrosse star, then used his speed to fly along the sideline 90 yards for a touchdown. Less than a minute later, Smith scored on a 46-yard run with 8:24 left in the second quarter. The kick was wide left but Yorktown had a 13-0 lead.
Somers marched down the field and scored on a Jackson Kossow 1-yard quarterback sneak with 1:15 left in the first half. A mishandled snap sent the game into halftime with Yorktown leading 13-6.
Yorktown had a chance to take a lead midway through the first quarter, but Boyer was stripped by Kenny McGrane at the 1-yard line and Daniel Rios recovered for Somers in the end zone.
Somers struggled to move the ball at times as Yorktown’s defense bottled up their running game and limited the pass efficiently.
“We tried to mix up our fronts and keep them guessing, “ said Yorktown coach Mike Rescigno, whose Huskers outgained Somers 510-195. “We knew their quarterback was going to be a pretty mobile guy. He looked pretty good on film. Kaiser is a special player so you’ve got to take away the inside and then their outside threat is always legitimate. The defensive game plan was awesome. I’m so proud of my staff.”
Kossow was 6 of 15 on pass attempts for 55 yards and rushed for 39 yards on 10 carries. Rios caught a 32-yard pass.
On defense, Charlie Grinrod (1 sack), Brian Marcus and McGrane had 7 tackles each. T.J. Deagan had 6 tackles and 1 sack.
The Tuskers lost multiple players to injury throughout the game, including senior captain Charlie Balancia, who was carted off the field at halftime with a leg injury.
Somers (1-1) will look to rebound when they host 2-0 Rye at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20.
“We need to learn to have a better attitude coming into the game,” Kaiser said of what they took from the loss to Yorktown. “We thought we were going to have an easy win against Yorktown. We need to have a perfect week of practice with very few mistakes and to be able to have tunnel vision and only focus on winning this game (against Rye).”