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.
Baker, Jr, football; A veritable little engine that could, the bone-thin 146-pound Baker was paramount in moving the chains.
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.
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.
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
You might have even seen him sell pizza and water at halftime. He
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.
-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
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.
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- It was a moment of foresight in a time of blinding anger, a peek at a brighter future as the lights flickered on Kyle McAlarney's career.
This decision wasn't about Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, who had visited McAlarney in Staten Island, N.Y., and made a convincing pitch to keep the guard in a Fighting Irish uniform. This wasn't about teammates like Rob Kurz, who had called and told McAlarney how much the guys wanted him back. This wasn't about Notre Dame, which had dragged its feet before leveling a heavy-handed penalty.