SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Matt Makar, coming off a second-team, All-Section campaign a year ago, is a senior captain on this year’s Lakeland football squad.
Makar, who plays running back and cornerback, carried the ball 28 times for 134 yards and 1 TD in a 42-20 win at Beacon on Sept. 20. He had 8 carried for 102 yards and 3 TD in a 52-6 homecoming victory against Poughkeepsie on Sept. 13.
Makar is in his second year on the Lakeland varsity football squad.
How old were you when you started playing football and what got you started?
I was in third grade and I liked watching football and my brother and cousins played, so I decided to play.
What is your favorite thing about being on the football team at Lakeland?
My favorite thing is being part of a brotherhood.
What is your favorite team activity or pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
We all listen to music on our speaker for our pregame ritual.
Do you have any goals for your final season at Lakeland?
My goal is to rush for more than 1,500 yards.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My father, because he is a hard worker.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I can cook.
Do you plan on continuing playing football in college? Tell us about where you are going to school and why you chose it?
I plan on playing college lacrosse at SUNY Cortland. It has a good physical education program and lacrosse team.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what are you planning on studying and why?
I plan on majoring in physical education because it involves sports and the chance to teach kids how to play sports.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro (or college) sports team?
Alvin Kamara and the Florida State University football team.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Super speed because I could get anywhere I want in seconds.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Hawaii because the beach is beautiful and calming.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?
Bob-B-Q’s in Shrub Oak.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
ESPN to see sports scores and updates.
For a young athlete growing up in the Lakeland district, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the football team and why should they go out for the team?
I would tell kids to play sports because they can make new friends and be part of a family.