YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown, the No. 2 team in the New York State Sports Writer’s Association Class A Oct. 11 rankings, set the tone early when it hosted No. 16 Lakeland in the Section 1 Class A football tournament’s qualifying round on Oct. 13.
Husker senior captain Brett Makar, who accumulated 137 total yards, helped set the tone by scoring three of his four touchdowns in the opening quarter in helping lead top-seeded Yorktown to a 42-0 victory.
The win was Yorktown’s second against Lakeland this season as it also defeated the Hornets 42-6 in Shrub Oak on opening night, Sept. 1.
“Playoffs, you come out with that extra boost, that extra energy. We’ve been preaching that all week,” Makar said. “Hopefully we have a long run ahead of us and it starts here. On our home field, playoffs on the line, there’s nothing like it. The guys were fired up; it wasn’t hard to get them fired up. Playing a crosstown rival Lakeland once again, there’s just that certain energy especially since it is the playoffs.”
Lakeland showed some energy as well in its opening drive, as it went from its own 35 to the Yorktown 40, before having to give the ball up on downs.
“I just told the boys that all I want them to do is play Lakeland football with Lakeland heart,” Hornet coach Mike Meadows said. “We attempted to do that. Yorktown is just an awesome, awesome team.”
The Huskers took over and on their opening drive went 60 yards on six plays, culminating with a 3-yard touchdown run by Makar.
The first of four Chris Perrino extra points put the Huskers up 7-0 with 5:55 to go in the first quarter.
Makar’s touchdown was set up on a 27-yard pass from Tommy Weaver (12 of 16, 143 yards passing) to Naim Sinanaj (2 catches, 53 yards).
Makar scored his second touchdown of the night, this time on a 2-yard run, giving Yorktown a 14-0 advantage with 3:51 left in the opening quarter.
The key play in setting up Makar came again from the combination of Weaver and Sinanaj, who teamed up on a 26-yard pass with Makar scoring one play later.
“Those guys work so hard,” Makar said. “Tommy has been working on his passing this whole season. He’s getting better and better each week. The poise he has in the pocket, especially when he gets outside the pocket, he extends plays. He is really great at that. Naim is a big target for us, he really has come a long way from the beginning of the season until now. His preparation, the way he works on and off the field, he’s just become an all-around great player for us and an all-around leader in the locker room. I am happy for those two guys. They have really formed a nice bond.”
Makar also had another 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 9-yard touchdown run in the third, in large part due to the play of linemen Matteo Cermele, Spencer Poe, Sean O’Connor, Eddie Capone and Matthew Steigmeier.
Weaver connected with Alex Ujkaj (3 receptions, 78 yards) on an 8-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and Patrick Patierno (6 carries, 63 yards rushing) registered a 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth for Yorktown with teammate Brandon Meyreles contributing 62 total yards.
Defensively, Patierno led Yorktown (7-0) with seven solo tackles.
“We said coming into this game it has to be a statement kind of a win, kind of propel us into the rest of the playoffs, so it’s always a good feeling to move on but we have a lot of work to do if we want to achieve our goal,” Yorktown coach Mike Rescigno said.
Dylan Semenza (3 for 8, 18 passing yards), Tom Briscoe (3 catches, 18 yards), Tommy Barnett (6 rushes, 20 yards), Pat Fahey (7 rushes, 20 yards), Chris Kenney (7 tackles), Armando Smith (6 tackles, 1 sack) and Justin Rivera (6 tackles) produced for Lakeland (1-6).