BREWSTER – The exasperation was obvious each time Nick Santavicca found a little room to roam.
He was right here a second ago!
Santavicca led Yorktown to a 35-7 win over Brewster in a Section 1 Class A quarterfinal Friday, tormenting a defense that was too often a step behind with 239 yards and three touchdowns.
Next up for the Huskers is a rematch at Rye, which handed them a 31-20 loss five weeks ago.
The Bears were playing catch up almost from the start.
Jose Boyer sprinted 50 yards for a touchdown on the Huskers’ second play from scrimmage.
“They came at us with a lot of intensity so it was good to match them, do our thing and get into the end zone on the second play,” the speedy Yorktown quarterback said.
A goal-line fumble short-circuited the next Huskers drive.
Brewster did a decent job containing things for a time, but had a difficult time getting traction offensively.
Santavicca began to gain late in the first half and barreled into the end zone from two yards out, and the lead was suddenly 14-0.
“It’s like pick your poison, dealing with both of us,” he said. “What are you going to do? It’s hard to stop me and Jose, so you pick one to concentrate on and hope the other doesn’t have a good game. It’s worked out well for us so far.”
The Bears answered with a timely drive, but several Matt Catalano throws into the end zone in the final minute of the half were dropped.
A lack of experience in big games was evident.
“That’s important,” Brewster coach Ed Mulvihill said. “We had a couple of players who might’ve been a little tight and it hurt us, but Yorktown is outstanding. They were very physical with us, and the defense swarmed to the ball.”
Player of the game: While the Yorktown defense surely deserves a nod, It can only be Santavicca. He came into the game with more that 1,200 yards rushing and promptly added 239 more on 22 carries.
Turning point: In the final minutes of the opening half, Brewster quarterback Matt Catalano threw into the end zone four times from 30 yards away. Jack Guida caught one, but was ruled over the sideline. Two others were catchable, but the Bears came up empty and went into the break trailing 14-0.
“It definitely helped us out,” Boyer said.
Stat line: The longest touchdown run for Santavicca was 18 yards. … Weaver had a 1-yard scoring run for the Husters, too. … Brewster running back Jack Guida finished with 39 yards on 17 carries. … Catalano was victimized by a number of drops, completing 9 of 23 for 92 yards and one touchdown.
Quotable: “it’ll be nice to see Rye again,” Boyer said. “They’ve beaten us a lot lately, so it’ll be nice to play them again. They’re a good team.