YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown football will open the season at Peekskill at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and will bring plenty of returning talent to Depew Park.
One of those returnees is senior Dylan Smith, an All-League running back/defensive back, who has transformed himself into a specimen, said 15th-year Yorktown coach Mike Rescigno.
“He’s really blessed physically, very fast, very strong,” Rescigno said. “He’s a speed guy and he can also run you over. So he’s bringing a little bit of brawn and speed to the table, which is great.”
Teaming up with Smith is junior Keith Boyer, an All-League running back/defensive back.
“People are reading about Keith now. He is a top lacrosse recruit in the country; he’s No. 2,” Rescigno said. “He’s a great athlete, he’s got really good speed. Smart kid, very coachable.”
So is senior All-League linebacker Ben Robinson.
“He’s been a weight room guy all year,” Rescigno said of the 220-pound Robinson. “He’s been training. He’s strong. He’s also a speedy guy. He’s playing in the middle of our defense, playing ‘Mike’ linebacker, which means you better be tough. He’s been looking at Division I-AA schools as well as Division II schools, so he’s going to be an impact guy for us for sure.”
Senior All-League linebacker/offensive guard Eddie Capone does it all, Rescigno said.
“Honestly, Eddie is playing guard for us but he’s got enough speed to be a running back, so that’s why he makes for a great outside linebacker in our system,” Rescigno said. “He’s playing offensive guard but the kid runs as fast as any back we have. He’s one of the more versatile guys I have ever coached and I don’t think there is a guy that cares about winning more than Eddie in our program right now.”
Capone, along with senior All-League offensive lineman Matteo Cermele and senior All-League linebacker/offensive guard Jack Tinari, bring plenty of experience to the field.
“All three of those guys came up with us at the end of our state championship run two years ago,” Rescigno said. “All three of those guys are cut from the same cloth. They all have seen what it looks like and what it feels like to get to the dance and they care about our program. They are program guys; super reliable, great leaders and they know are system. So it is really nice to have those three kids around.”
Senior center John Bowen might be Yorktown’s most improved player right now, Rescigno said.
“Being a center is a difficult thing and he’s definitely taking his game up a notch,” Rescigno said. “He’s playing center and defensive end for us. He’s had a great preseason camp so far.”
Junior wide receiver Evan Makar, senior quarterback/wide receiver Sean Vogel, senior quarterback/cornerback Trevvon Johnson, senior defensive back/running back Dean Patierno, and senior offensive back/defensive back Nick Mehta are other key returning players for Yorktown.
On special teams, the Huskers will count on senior placekicker Josh Leffel, Bowen (punter) and Boyer (returning kicks).
“Every year, special teams is one of those things you have to figure out,” Rescigno said. “We haven’t ironed it out totally yet, but we are looking to get the guys that are at practice every day, that make our team better, that might not be starting with us but get some of those guys on our special teams and that’s what we have right now. I am very happy with it so far. Guys want to get on the field and make their contribution where they can on our special teams. So far, so good.”
Yorktown’s captains are Smith, Robinson, Capone, Tinari and Cermele.
“I have my own goals every single year. I certainly had them last year,” said Rescigno, whose squad was 4-5 a year ago. “I want to do a better job of winning one game at a time, making sure we do our job week by week. I’d be lying if I said that every single year the expectation isn’t to go deep into the playoffs and win the section. That is always my goal. I don’t care who we have, I don’t differentiate between players year to year. That is what my goal is. I know that my staff works as hard as we do and my players work as hard as they do because they want to win a section title. That is no different this year.”
- Saturday, Sept. 7, 1:30 p.m. @ Peekskill
- Friday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. @ Somers
- Friday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. vs. Tappan Zee
- Friday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. vs. Horace Greeley
- Friday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. vs. Nyack
- Saturday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m. @ Fox Lane