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Small-Town Huskers Play Big-School Football

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown is considered the “small” school among Section 1 Class AA football teams such as New Rochelle, White Plains and Mount Vernon, but you wouldn’t know that size was a problem by taking one look at the Huskers lineman on break from summer practice Wednesday.

“Obviously, you always need improvement, that’s why we’re out here working hard twice a day,” senior two-way lineman Eric Cooley said. “We have our goals set high and we want to pound some people this year. They call us the little guys but you know when we come out against other teams we’ll see who the big guys are.”

Yorktown has an enrollment of 1,009, qualifying for Class AA play where schools need a minimum of 1,000 to qualify to play with schools that have 2,000 and 3,000 students. The 2011 Huskers have 47 players on the varsity squad.

“It is harder to draw from a smaller enrollment just by the numbers,” Yorktown Head Coach Mike Resigno said. “But we make no excuses as far as talent and preparation and we’ve been able to compete at a high level. I know A and AA pretty well and there some very strong teams in the smaller schools. We just want to be the best wherever we play.”

Yorktown went 7-2 in 2010, losing only to Clarkstown North 21-13 in the Class AA playoffs and eventual Section 1 champion New Rochelle, 21-15.

“If kids are willing to stick with the program, we can find a diamond in the rough even with smaller numbers,” Resigno said. “I’d rather the players come through youth football programs, but if a kid comes out as a freshman and works hard, he can become a good player."

Cooley said conditioning was important to the team's success.

"You have to come in shape and make sure you got the fluids going and don’t go home and eat junk foods,” Cooley said. “You have to drink lots of water."

Senior fullback/linebacker Matt Santoro said the Huskers line is literally a big key to success.

“To have these linemen in front of you is really important,” Santoro said. “When you line up against them it’s almost scary. You wouldn’t to be the other team. I think we can be as good as last year and if we work hard we can be better.”

The Huskers host Mount Vernon in the regular-season opener, Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

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