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.

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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.”

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