YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— To say there was a lot on the table when Yorktown’s football squad hosted Nyack on Oct. 7 would be an understatement.
The Huskers were playing for their third league title in the last seven years, this one of the Section 1 Class A League B variety. They were also going after their second undefeated regular season in three years and the No. 1 seed in the Section 1 Class A tournament. On top of all of that, it was also their senior night.
On Yorktown’s senior night, however, a junior was the star of the show.
That junior was Brett Makar, who tallied 170 yards rushing and four rushing touchdowns on 17 carries in addition to a 40-yard touchdown reception to end the first half in leading the Huskers to a 42-14 rout of Nyack, enabling them to clinch all of the above.
“The kids believe, they show up with an expectation to win,” Yorktown coach Mike Rescigno said. “They carry out their business to get it done. It says a ton. We have winners here. The kids are doing their part, the coaches are doing their part and the families are doing their part. That’s what makes a program.”
Helping make that program is Makar, who once again credited his line of left tackle Steven Veteri, left guard Spencer Poe, center Sean O’Connor, right tackle Tommy Carson and right guard Anthony Dicanio for his success.
“As I said many times, it’s been the line all year,” Makar said. “They are the heart and soul of this team. They are always the ones that are grinding in the trenches week in, week out, every single day at practice. It pays off in the games. It just goes to show how hard they have worked and how well they have done throughout this year.”
Makar was on fire right from the start, with two rushing touchdowns right up the middle in the opening quarter, of two and seven yards, the latter coming with 33 seconds left in the first quarter.
“The kid does some amazing things,” Rescigno said of Makar. “He is surrounded by kids that do amazing things too. That’s what gives him the ability to fire out of nowhere. We got other guys contributing and when Brett catches fire, the other team is in trouble. I mean that’s the bottom line. When he catches fire, nobody is stopping him.”
Giuliano Santucci hit both extra points and Yorktown led 14-0 at the end of the opening quarter.
Jose Boyer completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Alex Ujkaj, finishing off a 50-yard drive, putting the Huskers up 21-0 with 7:52 left in the second quarter.
For the game, Boyer threw for 129 yards on 6 of 9 passing and ran for 41 yards on seven carries.
Nyack attempted to get back into it with a 5-yard quarterback touchdown run but Boyer found Makar for 40 yards on the final play of the opening half in the corner of the end zone to give the Huskers a 28-7 halftime lead and they never looked back.
“It was definitely a big play,” Makar said. “Our line did a great job of giving Jose time to get outside the pocket and he just told me to sail. He found me in the back of the end zone. It was a perfect throw. It’s what you expect out of him — he does that every single play.”
Leading Yorktown defensively was Tommy Weaver with six tackles, five of them solo.
Yorktown will now host crosstown rival and No. 16 seed Lakeland at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the qualifying round of the Class A tournament.