YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — Yorktown’s football squad will begin its season at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 at rival John Jay-Cross River, but there’s a lot of work to be done before then.
One part of the Huskers’ preparation for the season was to take part in the Hudson Valley Football Camp, which took place July 25-28 at Yorktown High School with John Jay East-Fishkill, Walter Panas, Roy C. Ketcham and Haldane also participating.
It was the second installment of the camp, with the first part taking place from June 27-30, also at Yorktown.
Yorktown rising senior quarterback Jose Boyer liked the fact that there were different schools to scrimmage against.
“Camp is a great opportunity to match up with different teams that have different schemes,” Boyer said. “As a quarterback I loved the camp because I got a lot of opportunities to see different coverages and have chances to make different reads.”
Rising senior Dom Cioffi thought the camp helped him at his position at safety as well.
“Earlier in the week we start with the big fundamentals like footwork and knowledge of the game,” Cioffi said. “Later we start narrowing down on positioning and technique, which helps everyone just get better overall.”
The camp also is an invaluable help to the linemen and running backs, according to rising Yorktown senior lineman Steven Veteri.
“It’s a huge help because we get to do drills and go over a lot of plays with just the linemen,” Veteri said.
In addition to players improving on their individual skills, the camp also allows the Huskers to bond as a team.
“It’s a big help because we get to start early as a whole team and get close with each other,” Veteri said. “Another thing is we get to know our plays very early in the preseason, so we won’t mess up in the regular season.”
The camp allows the Huskers to get used to dealing with adverse situations so they know how to handle them when they play for real in the fall and players to show the coaching staff, led by head coach Mike Rescigno, what they can do.
“This camp is a great chance for our team to respond to adversity,” Boyer said. “Camp is also a great opportunity for kids to step up all over the field.”
Like Boyer, Cioffi likes having the opportunity to go up against other schools.
“It helps out tremendously not just with our skills but also with us growing as a team,” Cioffi said. “Scrimmaging against the other teams at the camp makes our team build a certain type of attitude and swagger going into the season, which is crucial to being successful.”
As a matter of fact, Veteri said that scrimmaging other teams is what he enjoys most about the camp.
“My favorite part is at the end of the day when we scrimmage other teams and see what we are made of as a team,” Veteri said.
Boyer said his favorite part about camp is seeing all of the team’s hard work in the summer translate to the field in the fall, while Cioffi said his favorite part is simply getting back to the football grind.
“Being out there with all the boys really gets everyone hyped up and ready for the season,” Cioffi said. “It’s awesome to see the team build and grow as the season approaches which I also really enjoy.”