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Yozzo-Scaperrotta Named to Golden Dozen

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Dobbs Ferry High School’s John Yozzo-Scaperrotta, a member of the Eagles’ recently-crowned Class C state championship team, has been named as a Golden Dozen scholar/athlete.

The Golden Dozen are selected by the Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation every year and include the top scholar-athletes on the football field from the recently completed fall season. The players will be honored at the National Football Foundation Awards Banquet at Westchester Country Club in Harrison on Jan. 26.

Yozzo-Scaperrotta, a running back and defensive end, helped lead the Eagles to an 11-1 record and Section 1 and Regional titles before taking the state title with a stunning 39-0 victory over Southwestern High School in the Syracuse University Carrier Dome on Nov. 27. He had 48 tackles, eight sacks and two interceptions rushed for 740 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Yozzo-Scaperrotta is a three-sport athlete, currently playing basketball this winter and lacrosse in the spring. The senior is committed to attend Brown University where he will play Division I lacrosse at next fall.

A total of 38 students were honored from Westchester and Putnam counties, including the “Golden Dozen,” and the 26 honorable mention honorees.

The honorees include: Patrick Donohoe (Mahopac High School), Caleb Gilligan-Evans (Archbishop Stepinac), Joseph Hanley (Somers), Andrew Miller and  Chibueze Nwakeze (Rye Country Day School), Brett Poniros (Mamaroneck High School), Kyle Ricciardi (Croton High School), Daniel stein (Ardsley High School), Austin Taps (Stepinac High School), August Wolf (The Hackley School) and John Yozzo-Scaperrotta (Dobbs Ferry High School)

Golden Dozen Honorable Mention: Jeffrey Avery (White Plains High School), Alex Bennett (Irvington High School), Matt Berni (Iona Prep), John Brennan (Croton Harmon High School), Daniel Caiola (John Jay High School), Eric Cooley (Yorktown High School), Travis Coleman (White Plains High School), Justin Combs (Iona Prep), Brian Connolly (Ossining High School), Jackson Conway (Bronxville High School), John Conway (Pleasantville High School), Ray Dann (Brewster High School, Matthew DeGraw (Rye High School), Christopher Groton (Somers High School), Joe Gambino  (Mahopac High School), William Johnson (The Hackley School), Michael Kaplan (Lakeland High School), Tim Leone (Scarsdale High School), Jesse Mainiero (Croton Harmon High School), Sebastian Montenegro (Ossining High School), Brendan O’Connor (Briarcliff High School), Colin Orr (Briarcliff High School), Ryan Sanders (John Jay High School), Danny Schulman (Pleasantville High School), Samuel Stern (Rye Country Day), Adam Tavolilla (Brewster High School)

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