YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— With a potentially season-defining game against rival Somers just around the corner, Yorktown’s football squad could have easily looked past its opponent, visiting Pearl River, in its home opener on Sept. 9.
However, those who have followed Yorktown coach Mike Rescigno’s teams through the years know that’s just not the Huskers’ style.
Yorktown prides itself on taking care of the task at hand and did just that in 35-6 triumph against the Pirates.
“As a team we were all ecstatic to play in the home opener against good competition in Pearl River,” Yorktown’s Brett Makar said. “There’s nothing like playing at home so everyone was locked in. Everyone in our locker room understands how competitive this section is and every team is going to give you their best every week, making it impossible to overlook anyone.”
Makar got the Huskers, who tallied 411 total offensive yards, on the board with a 29-yard touchdown run with the first of five Dom Cioffi extra points, giving Yorktown a 7-0 lead with 9:13 remaining in the first quarter.
Just as in last week’s win at John Jay-Cross River, the offensive line of right tackle Thomas Carson, center Sean O’Connor, right guard Anthony Dicanio, left guard Spencer Poe and left tackle Steven Veteri did its job on that play.
“The offensive line got a huge push, opening an alley of green,” Makar said. “I followed the big guys the whole way. It felt great for the team to start the game in that way to score on our first offensive drive against a good defense in Pearl River.”
Yorktown doubled its lead when Jose Boyer connected with Max Costello on a 31-yard touchdown pass with 2:44 remaining in the opening quarter.
Boyer showed his wheels when he ran 20 yards for a score, putting the Huskers up 21-0 with 6:26 left in the second quarter.
“The line created a huge hole on that play and made my job very easy,” said Boyer, who rushed for 124 yards on 14 carries and went 5 for 8 for 75 yards passing. “The score was great for us because it really helped keep momentum on our side.”
Yorktown went up 28-0 at halftime on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Boyer to Costello.
“Max is great to have on your team because he goes 110 percent on every single down,” Boyer said. “Max and I are always on the same page so I knew I just had to put the ball near him and he’d make the play.”
Boyer finished his big night with 8:32 remaining in the third quarter when he hooked up with Frank Francese on 6-yard touchdown pass, making it 35-0.
Starring on defense for Yorktown was Justin Cavallo, who tallied six tackles and forced a fumble, while Brandon Meyreles and Pat Patierno each registered four tackles and a fumble recovery. Christian Torres added an interception while also forcing a fumble. Cioffi and Costello also made four tackles apiece.
Now, with the Pearl River game in the rear view mirror, the Huskers can look forward to hosting Somers at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 in its homecoming game, a contest which could ultimately determine the No. 1 seed in the Section 1 Class A tournament.
“Somers is a great football team,” Makar said. “The biggest thing for us as a team is to return to the practice field Monday and have a great week of practice. We get excited for every game and I expect it to be no different for this one.”
Boyer stressed that Yorktown (2-0) will have to play hard for every second if it wants to beat the Tuskers.
“Somers is a great team so we’ll have to play 48 minutes of exceptional football,” Boyer said. “Practice this week is also critical in preparation for Friday night.”