The Yonkers Force knew they had to get the game off with a bang with the bleachers at Roosevelt High School full for the annual Force-Brave game that pits student athletes from all across the city against each other.
On the initial play from scrimmage, Atticus Oelkers connected with Angel Aquino for a touchdown throw of 52 yards. Oelkers described the planned trick play as “so wonderful,” saying that they had practiced it. The team’s pregame nervousness and worries faded away after that.
After that play, the Force didn’t give their supporters much to worry about as they went on to win Saturday’s Superintendent’s Cup 64-8. They have now defeated the Brave three times in a row with this dominating victory.
Coach Anthony Fava of the Yonkers Force remarked, “I’m glad our boys came out and played four terrific quarters. We played five incredibly difficult games in a row, suffered some damage, and only then did we fully recover. The young people did a wonderful job; they performed well and were aggressive. Seven seniors scored touchdowns in their final home game, so I’m delighted every player was able to participate. I’m really delighted and proud of the kids.”
The Yonkers Brave is comprised of students from Lincoln, Riverside, Saunders, and Barack Obama School for Social Justice. While, Yonkers Force is from Gorton, Roosevelt, Montessori Academy and Yonkers Middle High School. While the teams are composed of different schools from different areas, we are reminded that we are all one city and events like this bolster our identity as Yonkersites.