YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Coming off an emotional win at Somers, Yorktown football knew it had to rev its emotional engine back up for their home opener against Tappan Zee.
The Huskers answered the challenge on Friday, Sept. 20, cruising to a 56-28 victory behind Dylan Smith (11 carries, 223 yards, 4 TD).
“We were talking about it all week,” said Yorktown coach Mike Rescigno. “It is hard, because there is such an emotional investment in playing a crosstown rival, a program like Somers. So there is something to be learned, how to go week to week, no matter who you play, because everybody wants to win. Everybody has a target on us and that’s not going to change all year, so that is something our team has to learn how to handle as it matures. We have been talking about that, maturing every single week, and get better in our mindset. I think we did that this week.”
Smith got the Huskers on the board when he went 44 yards for a touchdown with 7:25 to go in the opening quarter. The first of Josh Leffel’s 8 extra points gave Yorktown a 7-0 lead.
“The play developed great,” Smith said. “We had our two pulling guards, Eddie Capone and Jack Tinari, running faster than I was, and they just sealed the edge and I just ran. They did all the work.”
After Tappan Zee went up 8-7 on the following possession, the Huskers took the lead right back on a 13-yard touchdown run by Keith Boyer (6 carries, 66 yards), going up 14-8 with 2:25 to go in the opening quarter.
“It was huge,” Smith said. “Everyone makes mistakes. That was my fault. That touchdown was all me. And we just drove it down, the team picked me up, and we just scored again.”
Smith then scored three second-quarter touchdown runs of 11, 22 and 13 yards, before a 21-yard touchdown scamper by Boyer put the Huskers up 42-8 with just two minutes to go before halftime, all but sealing the victory.
“Keith ran well because he’s an athlete, and the line was making holes outside, amazing,” Smith said. “It was perfect.”
Linemen Capone, Tinari, Matteo Cermele, Eddie Capone, Johnny Bowen, Gerald Gentile and fullback Ben Robinson, helped open up those holes.
Trevvon Johnson (6 carries, 50 yards), Sean Vogel (7 carries, 53 yards, 1 TD), Dean Patierno (9 carries, 65 yards) and Anthony Cicinelli (3 carries, 35 yards) also contributed to the Huskers’ dominant rushing attack.
Cicinelli (1 catch, 9 yards, TD), Robinson (1 catch, 20 yards) and Dom Sanfardino (2 catches, 17 yards) got involved in the Huskers’ receiving game.
The Future of Yorktown Football
Yorktown’s Dean Patierno (interception), Nick Lang (interception) and Vincent Cappelli (fumble recovery) recorded turnovers on a night where the Yorktown Athlete Club’s football program was recognized at halftime.
“It’s huge,” Smith said. “I remember when I was little, I was looking up to all the varsity guys and it was the best feeling. That’s because you know when you grow up, you are going to be on that field, in front of all these people on a Friday night, and it’s the best feeling in the world.”
Rescigno was pleased to see the YAC recognized.
“Those guys, youth football coaches, don’t get nearly enough credit,” Rescigno said. “I watch the YAC coaches work. I watch them go out of their way to do things safely, and the right way, and make kids have a good time. So my hat’s off to those guys. It’s a pleasure for me to have a relationship with them and have them on our field and share it with us. To see all those kids screaming and yelling for us, it’s what our community is all about. So it’s a beautiful thing.”
Yorktown (3-0) returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, against visiting Horace Greeley.