YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— When Yorktown’s football squad defeated Somers two years ago, it was the offensive line that played a huge role in the Huskers taking control of that game.
The same was the case when the two rivals met on Sept. 16 at Charlie Murphy Field as the host Huskers, after trailing 13-12 at the end of the third quarter, scored the game’s last 22 points in a resounding 34-13 victory that was felt throughout Section 1.
Yorktown (3-0) quarterback Jose Boyer was spectacular, rushing for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, while throwing for 186 yards and a touchdown on 11 for 18 passing.
A huge reason for Boyer’s success was the play of his offensive line, which consists of left tackle Steven Veteri, left guard Spencer Poe, center Sean O’Connor, right guard Anthony Dicanio and right tackle Thomas Carson.
“It’s the same thing that resonates around the entire team,” said Yorktown coach Mike Rescigno, whose squad avenged a 38-21 loss to Somers last season. “The line wants to take care of their backs, the backs want to run hard for their line because they know everybody’s working for each other. We pride ourselves on being a family here. The kids believe it. They will do anything for each other and they fight to the bitter end for each other. That’s what I hope to see every week.”
Second quarter field goals of 27 and 37 yards by Giuliano Santucci put Yorktown up 6-0 at halftime in a relatively quiet first half before the fireworks started in the second half.
Yorktown’s Brett Makar lunged across the goal line on a 10-yard touchdown run up the middle, which was set up by a 37-yard pass from Boyer to Brandon Meyreles, giving Yorktown a 12-0 advantage with 5:29 remaining in the third quarter.
“This game meant everything to us,” Boyer said. “We came out all week in practice, great preparation, so it was awesome to come out here on Friday night. It was a big game for us. A lot of people doubted us. We tried to prove a lot of people wrong so it was a big game for our team and now we keep going forward from here. The season doesn’t end tonight. It just started.”
Somers’ Matt Pires showed he could provide fireworks of his own when he first scored on a 66-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Olifiers where he went right by the Yorktown secondary. Cameron Pepe’s PAT cut the Huskers’ lead to 12-7 just 18 seconds after Makar’s score.
“We were trying to get the ball to me the whole first half and Jose Boyer, he did a great job covering me,” Pires said. “It came out to where Kevin threw a nice ball and I got it. I made a move on Jose Boyer and I just finished in the end zone.”
Pires later scored on a 59-yard end around, which put Somers up 13-12 with 1:35 remaining in the third quarter.
Boyer’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Alex Ujkaj and a two-point running conversion by Boyer, gave Yorktown a 20-13 lead 23 seconds into the fourth quarter.
The scoring play was set up by a 55-yard run from Boyer.
“The hole that they gave me on that run, ‘House’ could have ran through it,” said Boyer, referring to Rescigno. “All those guys made a huge hole that was massive for me. I just had to walk through it and the rest was good.”
Boyer then scored on a 14-yard touchdown run, which was set up by his 15-yard pass to Justin Cavallo, putting Yorktown up 27-13 with 8:56 to go in the game.
“What makes Jose tick is his desire for success at all costs,” Rescigno said. “He’s a worker. He’s an academic kid who works at his studies. He works at lacrosse, he works at football. I don’t think failure will ever be in Jose’s path.”
Somers appeared to have gotten back into the game when Messiah Horne streaked down the sideline for a 58-yard touchdown run but it was called back due to a holding penalty.
Boyer, who credited Yorktown’s cheering section ‘The Crop’ for coming out in droves, put the final nail in Somers’ coffin on a 43-yard touchdown run with 3:19 left in the game.
“All my friends last week were getting mad at me that I didn’t look at them, so this week I figured I show them some love here and there,” Boyer said. “They did a great job. Home field advantage is definitely alive and well here in Yorktown, so it’s great. I love them, they are great people.”