MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Fifth-seeded Yorktown’s dream season ended in an uncharacteristic 41-7 loss to No. 3 Rye in the Section 1 Class A championship game on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Mahopac High School.
The disappointing season finale is not reflective of the campaign the Huskers (8-2) had this fall.
Yorktown Head Coach Mike Rescigno was proud of his team’s effort, which enabled them to reach the section final for the third time in four years—the most title appearances of any Class A school during that time period.
The crowning moment during that run came in 2017, when Yorktown won the section title for the first time since ‘98, on their way to a state title game appearance at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
The Huskers have also made the section final four times in the last six seasons, which ties them with Rye.
“I hope to God they realize the good they did this year,” said Rescigno, whose team won road games against Brewster and defending section champion John Jay in the sectional playoffs this year. “They are a good football team. They beat some really good teams out there this year. It’s hard to see the good when you are feeling this kind of pain but they are a special team. I just hope they realize what they provided our program. They are the best and I love these kids. I love them.”
Rescigno was proud of star running back Dylan Smith.
“He said, I’m sorry we couldn’t get you to a state championship,’” Rescigno said of Smith. “He said that to me, as if he’s doing it for me. He’s not doing it for me but that’s the kind of kid he is.”
Smith will be playing lacrosse at Fairfield University at the next level but the gridiron will always be in his heart.
“It means the world to me,” Smith said of playing football. “I’m playing lacrosse in college but I wish I could play this sport forever. I really wish I could. It’s been a heck of a season, a season I will never forget. This whole community, this whole program, I love it.”
The game itself belonged to Rye from the outset though Yorktown did have a few chances to turn the momentum in its favor.
One of them came late in the first half with the Huskers trailing 14-0. Yorktown’s defense came up with a big stop on fourth and short, allowing the Huskers to take over at their own 46.
However, Rye recovered a Husker fumble on the next play, and scored two touchdowns before the end of the first half, to go up 28-0 at halftime, all but sealing the Garnets’ second section crown in the last six seasons.
“I feel like there were many turning points,” Rescigno said. “I feel like we couldn’t get anything going. Our kids were fighters, tonight just wasn’t our night. It just wasn’t.”
Smith did get Yorktown on the board, with a 3-yard touchdown run with 7:10 to go in the contest, with Josh Leffel’s PAT being the final points of the game.
Despite the below-freezing temperature, the Yorktown community stayed until the end, including “The Crop,” high school’s student body.
“They were amazing,” Smith said. “It’s freezing outside. I wasn’t expecting that many people. We took probably around three quarters of the whole bleachers, just Yorktown fans. The community is the best in the world, its support meant the world to us.”
Rescigno was equally appreciative.
“It’s the best town in the world; it’s a special place,” Rescigno said of Yorktown.
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