CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y.— Yorktown’s football contest at Walter Panas on Sept. 8 was filled with penalty flags. Luckily it was also filled with a steady diet of Brett Makar and Brandon Meyreles.
“Thunder and lightning” as Husker coach Mike Rescigno dubbed the electrifying senior captain duo, was on its game as Makar rushed for 152 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries and Meyreles 99 yards and a touchdown on five carries in Yorktown’s 36-0 victory against the Panthers.
Yorktown capitalized on a Panas turnover on the Panthers’ first possession as it forced a fumble that led to a 3-yard scoring run by Makar, which finished an 11-play, 24-yard drive.
Chris Perrino converted the first of his three extra points to put the Huskers up 7-0 with 7:56 remaining in the opening quarter.
“Between last week and this week, starting a game on two big plays, the kick return and picking up a fumble like that, it’s a great way to start a game,” Makar said. “It gave us momentum right out of the gate. Usually, on defense, unless you get a three-and-out or turnover, it’s really hard to pick up that momentum. So for them not to get a good drive on us and start with a turnover was huge.”
Makar scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run that put the Huskers up 13-0 with 5:55 remaining in the second quarter.
He scored his third touchdown, this time from 8 yards out, with just 1:15 left before halftime.
Yorktown got one more score right before the half when Perrino, after a 38-yard punt return deep into Panas territory by Meyreles, connected on a 27-yard field goal on the last play before halftime, giving the Huskers a 23-0 lead.
“After Brandon’s punt return, that gave us all the momentum in the world, for him to take it inside their red zone,” Makar said. “Chris then kicking it through the uprights was big because getting that extra three points goes a long way.”
What also goes a long way is when you have a big lead, to stay hungry and make sure the opposition stays scoreless. The Huskers did just that in the third quarter.
“After halftime, we were like, ‘Keep your foot on the gas pedal, don’t let up, don’t let them score. Keep that zero on there,’” Meyreles said.
First on the gas pedal was Meyreles, whose 45-yard touchdown run put the Huskers up 30-0 with 5:59 remaining in the third quarter.
“Coach tells us that, whoever gets the ball, you don’t have to score a touchdown every play, but once I saw my blockers, I kicked everyone out and there was just an alley down the left side,” Meyreles said. “I took it and went as fast as I could.”
Makar then took his turn on the gas pedal, scoring on a 53-yard jaunt with 2:16 left in the third stanza.
“From defense, to offense, it’s ridiculous,” Meyreles said. “When Brett gets the ball, we are waiting for something to happen.”
Makar, at linebacker, made six tackles, three solo, and helped the Huskers disrupt the Panther’s offense. His ability on both sides of the ball will be a theme throughout the season, according to Rescigno.
“We’ll probably be talking about him for the rest of the season,” Rescigno said. “People are going to have a hard time dealing with him. He’s one of the best I have ever coached, so to speak about him is pretty easy. We expect him to be a dude every night and he is just that.”
Yorktown quarterback Tommy Weaver helped the Huskers to the win by going 7 for 10 with 62 yards passing while rushing for 28 yards on three carries.
Benjamin Robinson led the Huskers in tackles with 11, seven solo, with Nick Campanaro registering six tackles and Dylan Smith five tackles.
Rescigno’s squad will look to add to its 2-0 record when it hosts Hendrick Hudson in its home opener at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.