Unbeaten Yorktown Survives Sleepy Hollow

Brett Makar looks to shake a defender. Credits: Bob Castner

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y.— Yorktown’s football squad had a battle at Sleepy Hollow in its Oct. 1 contest, with the game tied at 21-21 in the third quarter.

The Huskers showed the host why they are Section 1 Class A championship contenders by scoring 21 consecutive points which led to a 42-28 Yorktown win.

“Overcoming such a strong Sleepy team really showed how resilient we can be as a team,” said Yorktown senior captain Justin Cavallo, who plays both fullback and linebacker.

Sign Up for E-News

Brett Makar (121 yards on 28 carries) scored two rushing touchdowns for Yorktown. The first one came from five yards out and gave the Huskers a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The second touchdown was a 7-yard run and tied the game at 14-14 with 4:52 remaining in the second quarter.

On both scores, Makar took the hand-off from quarterback Jose Boyer and went right up the heart of the defense for the touchdowns, which were opened up by Yorktown’s dominant offensive line.

Senior captain and left tackle Steven Veteri, right tackle Tommy Carson, right guard Anthony Dicanio, center Sean O’Connor and left guard Spencer Poe made up the Yorktown line that opened up the holes for Makar.

“We had a really strong game plan, and we all worked really hard to follow our right keys,” Veteri said.

Yorktown eventually took a 21-14 lead at halftime when Boyer scrambled and found Makar (three catches for 23 yards) on a 5-yard touchdown pass with just five seconds remaining in the second quarter.

“When Jose dropped back to pass, he made the smart decision to get outside the pocket and make the huge play,” Veteri said. “This gave the team a huge amount of momentum.”

After Sleepy Hollow tied it at 21-21 with 6:06 left in the third quarter, Yorktown regained the lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Cavallo with 3:24 remaining in the quarter.

“Scoring that touchdown to put us up 28-21 pumped us up a lot and really got our momentum going strong,” said Cavallo, who recorded a team high eight solo tackles. “After that we just kept rolling.”

Pat Patierno intercepted a Sleepy Hollow pass and returned it for 30 yards before Cavallo scored again on the following play — this time on a 5-yard touchdown run.

“Pat’s interception was huge for our momentum,” Cavallo said. “It allowed us to keep our lead and make a huge stop on defense which brought back the confidence that we needed to finish out the game strong.”

Guiliano Santucci made the fifth of his six extra points to put the Huskers up 35-21 with 2:52 left in the third quarter.

Yorktown sealed the contest when Boyer and Dom Cioffi (67 yards, 3 receptions) connected on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 6:38 remaining in the game, giving the Huskers a 21-point advantage before Sleepy Hollow returned the kickoff 96 yards for the game’s final score.

Helping get the final score in the Huskers’ favor was Boyer, who went 11 for 25 for 150 yards passing and rushed for 74 yards on 18 carries.

Alex Ujkaj caught four passes for 49 yards and defensively Brandon Meyreles and Cioffi contributed six and five solo tackles, respectively, in the victory.

With the win at Sleepy Hollow, the Huskers (5-0) will now have a chance to clinch the top seed in the qualifying round for the Class A tournament when it hosts Nyack at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 on their senior night.

A victory would also give Yorktown its second undefeated regular season in three years.

“Staying focused during practice will be key to winning this week,” Veteri said. “Finishing the regular season undefeated isn’t our only goal. We have a lot more unfinished business but are looking forward to having a great senior night.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


It Was the Economy That Got Trump Elected

I am not easily shocked by much anymore. Yet, I was by last week’s column by fellow columnist Bernie Kosberg. Kosberg, whose column runs regularly in Mahopac News and sometimes in Yorktown News, said in the first paragraph: “Several readers decried my conclusion that the overwhelming support of Putnam County voters for Trump was not due to economic anxiety or the unavailability of ...

Challenging the Norm

In his thoughtful work, “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” Thomas Kuhn reflects on the revolutionary contributions of such giants as Copernicus, Newton, Darwin and Einstein. But he is quick to remind us that it’s often the scientists whose names we never hear of who make the vast majority of scientific progress. These hardworking men and women spend most of their waking ...

BOCES… What’s in a Name?

Do you ever wonder what BOCES stands for? We associate the name with a center of learning that supplements the general curriculum of local high schools by teaching students specialized trades. Beyond that, does everyone in the non-BOCES population, those who have no direct connection to the programs, fully appreciate the priceless value it brings to our communities’ young adults and their ...

Dog Allergies, Part Deux

“I have some good news and I have some bad news,” I told my husband.

“Give me the good news first.”

“OK. The vet doesn’t think the dog’s ear infections are from a food allergy after all, so we don’t have to keep feeding him that hypo-allergenic food,” I said.

“Hallelujah,” shouted my husband. He was understandably ...

Postcard Criticisms Were Valid

May 23, 2018

In an article from the May 1 issue (“Yorktown Councilmembers Receive ‘Disturbing’ Postcards”), Councilman Ed Lachterman said he was “disturbed” to receive a colored postcard from a constituent. He seems confused as to what it might mean.

I did not write that rainbow-colored postcard, but I can try to help him out of his confusion, because I and plenty ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 1, 10:30 AM

Yorktown Community Cultural Center, YORKTOWN HEIGHTS

Tai Chi for Women with Cancer

Health & Wellness

Yorktown Youth Soccer Club Roundup

May 18, 2018

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown’s Girls U9 Team, the Hurricanes, defeated the Poughkeepsie Fireflies with a 1-0 win at Hunterbrook Field in Yorktown.

Hurricane’s goalies Cameron Parise and Avery Pugliese shut out the Poughkeepsie offense with several key saves. Yorktown controlled the ball throughout the game with outstanding performances by midfielders Samantha Nastasi, Macey ...