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Yorktown Ruins Panas' Homecoming

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The Huskers bring down a Panas ball carrier. Credits: Bob Castner/Castnerphoto.net
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CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y.— After winning its emotional homecoming contest against visiting fellow Section 1 Class A powerhouse Somers the previous week, Yorktown’s football squad’s next challenge was to make sure it kept up its intensity and didn’t suffer a letdown.

That was because on Sept. 23 it was playing a Walter Panas squad that would’ve liked nothing better than to celebrate its own homecoming with a landmark victory against the Huskers.

Yorktown made sure that it wasn’t going to let down as the visitors rolled to a 35-7 triumph against the Panthers.

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“We talked about it all week,” Yorktown coach Mike Rescigno said about avoiding a letdown. “Our mantra has been we have to be ready for a fight every time we take the field. This week Panas was a worthy opponent. Everyone we face on our schedule is going to be a worthy opponent. Next week we have Sleepy Hollow, who is always a worthy opponent.”

The Huskers heeded the words of their coach and jumped on the host when they started the game by recovering an onside kick and went on a seven-play, 62-yard opening drive that culminated in a 21-yard touchdown run up the middle by quarterback Jose Boyer.

“We have been on the receiving end of a couple of bad breaks with those so I was happy to see that our kids were tuned in and ready to field it and set up the start of the game the right way,” Rescigno said.

Giuliano Santucci made the first of his five extra points to put Yorktown up 7-0 with 9:27 to go in the opening quarter.

For Boyer, it was the beginning of another incredible game as he went 7 of 10, throwing for 150 yards and two touchdowns in addition to rushing for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.

“It’s about Jose’s leadership, his work ethic,” Yorktown running back Brett Makar said. “He comes to practice every single day getting guys fired up. After we get a big win, he knows we have to get back to work on Monday because this section is so competitive. It’s a long season. You just have to take it day by day and work hard every single day and he definitely preaches that to us.”

Makar also had a tremendous game of his own, as he ran for 130 yards on 14 carries, including a 25-yard touchdown run around the left corner with 6:59 to go in the opening quarter that put Yorktown up 14-0.

Makar’s run, which was set up by a 17-yard pass to the 25 from Boyer to Alex Ujkaj, finished a four-play, 55-yard drive.

“It’s been my line the whole year, every single touchdown, every single yard, it’s because of them,” Makar said. “That’s what they have done the whole year, getting me every single yard, every single touchdown, following my right guard Anthony Dicanio. I know I got my hand on his back the whole way, just following him and he’s taking me to the promised land so hopefully we can keep it going.”

Yorktown scored twice more in the second quarter on a 5-yard Boyer run and a 27-yard pass from Boyer to Brandon Meyreles, which was set up by a Dom Cioffi interception at midfield three plays earlier.

The Huskers finished their scoring when Boyer hit Makar for an 11-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter before Panas scored its lone touchdown on a 2-yard run.

The offense Yorktown produced was more than enough for its rock-solid defense, which included contributions from Justin Cavallo (eight tackles, six solo) and Meyreles (5 solo tackles).

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