YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown’s season is not over.
The Huskers’ star running back, Dylan Smith, delivered that message following his team’s 35-14 home loss to Nyack last week.
“We aren’t going to be like the other teams and let one loss kill our season,” Smith said. “We’re coming back from this because that is how we were raised. We may have taken one step down from that ladder that reaches success but from that one step down we’re going to jump three spots next time and just keep stepping until we demand success.”
At 4-0, Yorktown had every reason to feel confident heading into their Oct. 4 matchup against Nyack, who was also undefeated. But, as Smith said, setbacks are a part of life.
“But you determine how to deal with that stuff,” he said. “I know Yorktown. This is making our team stronger and better.”
Nyack led just 7-0 at halftime but the visitors from Rockland County turned it on the second half, resulting in a 21-point triumph for the Indians.
After forcing Yorktown into a three-and-out on its opening drive, Nyack drove down the field before facing a fourth-and-2 from the Huskers 12-yard line. There, the Huskers’ defense came through, forcing an incomplete pass with 6:20 remaining in the first quarter.
“It was big, but it wasn’t big enough. It wasn’t big enough. Though it was a big stop,” said Yorktown coach Mike Rescigno. “To be honest, I can play 1,000 plays over in my head that should’ve went a different way. Stopping them there was one big one, but again, it wasn’t enough.”
Nyack got the only score of the opening half on a 6-yard touchdown run by Damien Dely with 6:05 remaining before halftime. The score was the culmination of an 89-yard drive, with the majority of those yards coming on an 82-yard pass and run play.
The Indians doubled their lead when Keyshawn Evans took it to the house on a 95-yard kickoff on the first play of the second half.
“Coming in at the half, we had our speed guys on the field, we were trying to pin them back to give us the best chance of getting the ball back,” Rescigno said. “We didn’t want to put a cheap one on the carpet and give them good field position because they were doing a good job so we took a shot and we paid dearly. That’s on me. I should’ve squibbed the ball and not kicked it to their guys knowing their speed but it’s a mistake that I made, and I have to own it.”
Smith (24 carries, 169 yards) put the Huskers on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run, with 5:47 remaining in the third quarter, cutting Nyack’s lead in half.
“We were feeling good, we drove down the field, like quick as day, it was perfect,” Smith said. “We were doing a hurry up offense, drove down perfectly.”
But the good feelings were short lived.
On Nyack’s next possession, Evans ran 75 yards for paydirt to put the Indians back up by 14. They never looked back.
“It was a back breaker, but everybody makes mistakes,” Smith said. “That was a huge mistake. Look at [Jack] Kaiser with that run against us at Somers, what happened. We bounced back. Unfortunately, tonight we didn’t, but it won’t happen again.”
Nyack, whose defense forced six turnovers, scored two more touchdowns before Yorktown’s Keith Boyer finished the scoring with a 54-yard run.
Defensively, the Huskers were led by Benjamin Robinson’s 7 tackles.
Yorktown will look to rebound in their regular season finale when they travel to Fox Lane at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.