Saturday, October 5, 2013

Noble Notables, Yorktown Football


Austin Fusco, Sr. football; Fusco rapidly morphed into a run-stopping ball-hound against Tappan Zee. He stabilized the defensive unit with nine tackles, two assists and an interception.
With the Huskers mired in a man-down situation in the secondary department, Fusco stepped up during a pulsating OT barnburner.
During a wild, seesaw affair rife with lead changes, the Huskers lost, 34-33. The goal was to stop the run, to capitalize any time TZ’s linebackers made a wrong read.

With program poster boy and Division-I prospect Derek Meyreles still encased in a boot, Fusco and his backfield/secondary companions knew the onus was on them to hold the fort down in his absence.
Ryan Baker, Jr, football;  A veritable little engine that could, the bone-thin 146-pound Baker was paramount in moving the chains.

 A unique blend of speed, guile, and shifty tactics, Baker threw for 105 yards, firing it in on a 9-for-15 clip. Interchangeable as a halfback/quarterback, Baker hit the ground for 57 yards, punctuated by a pivotal 9-yard touchdown jaunt during the third quarter. A silent soldier, Baker kept Tappan Zee on its heels until the very end.
Ricky Corrado, Sr., football: The last of a dying breed of  around-the-clock, three-sport athletes, Corrado has surfaced as a key target.

An athletic 6-foot-3 and an impact player on both sides of the ball, you can see why.

Corrado hauled in five passes for 51 yards, pacing the Huskers' aerial game. The big tight end helped solidify Yorktown’s dual threat. 

 The senior added five tackles. The Huskers fell short in an absolute slugfest between two high-octane offenses. Not to say these teams are plagued by a porous defense, but both are recognized for an efficient blend of a ground and aerial game.

 With the playoff window tightening, expect a banger against Horace Greeley.
Kris Alvarado, Sr., football: He’s headed to C.W. Post for lacrosse, but the multi-layered potential Alvarado presents was evident against Tappan Zee.

Alvarado racked up a 150 all-purpose yards. The shifty 5-foot-7 senior rambled for 20 yards and had four receptions for 57 yards, in addition to 73 yards on kick returns. He also saw meaningful minutes with the secondary.

You might have even seen him sell pizza and water at halftime. He was multi-dimensional.
Justin Trager, Sr., football: Trager’s chore is to eliminate the touches on every big receiver the Huskers’ face.
At times, it’s simply a natural matchup for him.

Against Tappan Zee, which was hell-bent on erasing an embarrassing 21-0 loss to Harrison, Trager’s defense helped set the stage for a Ziplock-tight battle. The senior had six tackles, pacing the Huskers against an offensively-adroit Rockland County foe.

 Trager had plenty of assistance from Matt Gonzales, another lacrosse player slated to pen with Plattsburgh State. Gonzales had seven tackles. The defense was backboned by bullish 6-foot-3 190-pound senior Conor Vecruysse, who posted 10 total tackles and battled for supremacy in the trenches.
 
Extra Yardage:
-After mustering meager offensive production against Harrison, conventional wisdom told us Tappan Zee was going to come out guns-a-blazing against the Huskers. It wasn’t until the second play overtime when the Dutchman found separation.
 Plucking a play from an old bag of tricks, Ryan McWilliams fired a 19-yard touchdown bullet into Dan Domineco.
The Dutchmen preserved the victory when they stopped Yorktown’s fake extra point attempt. The trick play featured a reverse run and a flea flicker, perplexing the Huskers. In a game that featured myriad lead changes and momentum swings, Tappan Zee’s Mike Mente returned a kick 70 yards for a touchdown. It was that play that pumped life into the Dutchmen, which trailed by as many as 14.
 Yorktown will look to get above sea level against Horace Greeley this week. The alumni presence should be colossal. The 20th reunion of Yorktown’s 1993 New York State championship takes place, with a ceremony at halftime.
 
 The spirit, coupled with the hunger to get above the .500 mark, should be more than enough motivation. The Huskers are well-versed in local football history, even beyond the confines of Charlie Murphy field.
That's because the Huskers' head coach, Mike Rescingo, re-wrote the record books at nearby Carmel High and Hofstra. At Hofstra, a now defunct program, the man they call “House” was an All-American.