YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s football squad, the top seed in the Section 1 Class A qualifying round, hosted crosstown rival No. 16 Lakeland, on Oct. 14.
The Huskers were the big favorite in the public’s eyes but Yorktown coach Mike Rescigno, who doesn’t take anything for granted, didn’t want to hear that as he knew Lakeland coach Rob Cappelli would have his team ready for this contest.
“I was worried about this game,” Rescigno said. “Coach Cappelli does a great job year in and year out. This rivalry means a lot to the kids. This is a game that I knew was going mean a lot to both sides, so I am happy that our team came in here and went about it with a business mentality and played emotional.”
Rescigno’s squad was certainly emotional from the outset, as it led 29-0 at halftime en route to a 39-0 Husker victory and its first shutout of the season.
Lakeland senior captain Patrick Morelli was happy that he had the opportunity to play in this game despite the result.
Morelli and his teammates were more than ready for the contest. But unfortunately for them, they just ran into an immovable force that has been unstoppable this fall.
“The Yorktown-Lakeland rivalry has been going on for decades,” Morelli said. “It meant so much to me to be a part of this rivalry even though it didn’t end up the way we wanted it to.”
Yorktown senior captain Justin Cavallo got the Huskers on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run up the middle, capping a 41-yard drive that put his squad up 6-0 with 8:06 to go in the opening quarter.
“Once they put me in, I knew I had to get it on the first play,” Cavallo said. “So they put me in and I just dove right in. It felt great to get the lead in the beginning.”
Yorktown later went on an 83-yard scoring drive, which finished when Jose Boyer, who was 8 of 9 for 103 yards passing, found sophomore tight end Naim Sinanaj on a 12-yard touchdown pass, giving the Huskers a 12-0 advantage with 4:50 to go in the first quarter.
For Sinanaj, who spent part of this season on the junior varsity, it was his first varsity touchdown.
“It was a great feeling to score that touchdown,” Sinanaj said. “It was something I wasn’t expecting.”
Cavallo went up the middle again for a touchdown, this time for 7 yards, with Giuliano Santucci’s extra point giving Yorktown a 19-0 lead 1:14 into the second quarter.
Boyer, who rushed for a game-high 100 yards on 12 carries, added to that lead with a 6-yard touchdown run around the right corner with 6:09 remaining in the first half before Santucci nailed a 44-yard field goal on the last play of the second quarter, giving the Huskers a 29-0 halftime lead.
Brett Makar, who registered 70 yards rushing on 12 carries and 43 receiving yards on three catches, then made sure to extinguish any hopes of a Hornet comeback when he returned the opening kickoff in the second half 86 yards for a touchdown.
“When we were coming out of the locker room, we said we have to keep it up right in the beginning of the second half,” Cavallo said. “That got us all pumped up and ready to go for the rest of the game.”
Santucci finished the scoring with a 28-yard field goal.
Blake Fahey paced Yorktown with nine tackles, six of them solo and a sack.
Doing their all defensively for the Hornets were Sean Makar (6 solo tackles), Taylor Berta (5 solo tackles) and Brian Farole (5 solo tackles).
Offensively for Lakeland (2-5), Tommy Barnett led the way with 38 rushing yards on 11 carries with Makar contributing 26 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Tommy Weaver added 50 rushing yards on three carries and Brandon Meyreles caught four passes for a game-high 45 receiving yards for Yorktown (7-0).
The Huskers will host a Class A tournament quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 against No. 9 Sleepy Hollow.