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2007 RYE GARNETS SEASON PREVIEW

By The Old Garnet


This old sage seems to carp annually complaining about the inability of Section One?s Class B Football Committee and its School Superintendents to create a consistent scheduling method and then apply it uniformly year in and year out? 2007 is no exception as the wizards have grouped Class B by enrollment size among its three leagues strangely grouping Rye, Sleepy Hollow and Pelham, possibly three of the best four Class B squads, together in the same league. Is this just another way to impose a stealth Piner System schedule? Again this year, the regular season will consist of five league games and one cross-over game followed by three weekends of Section One Class B Playoffs. Class B league assignments array as follows: League I ? Rye/Byram Hills/Pearl River/Pelham/Sleepy Hollow/Yonkers, League II ? Ardsley/Briarcliff/Edgemont/JFK/Nanuet/Putnam Valley and League III ? Dover/Hastings/Irvington/Pleasantville/Westlake/Wo - odlands.

New York State school classifications (AA/A/B/C/D) are dictated annually by student enrollment grades 9 to 11 surveyed in October of the preceding school year ? thereby counting only those students eligible to participate on the varsity level. Consequently, teams migrate periodically among the classifications according to their student counts. For 2007 long-time foe Eastchester and recent opponent Walter Panas jump to Class A, while familiar adversary Westlake rejoins from Class C. Recently reopened Yonkers High has repopulated a football squad and rejoins Class B after a short absence.

Continuing a practice started in 2005, the Section One Superintendents shortened the local schedule by one game believing that starting pre-season practices a week earlier in August and potentially playing games prior to the September start of school did not send the right educational message to students and communities alike. As it presently stands, Section One starts its football, both practices and the regular season, one week later than the rest of New York State, and local teams play one less regular season game than the other sections of the State.

Rye?s 2007 campaign has three home games, two at night (one Friday and one Saturday), and a Thursday afternoon contest scheduled to accommodate religious observances. Should the Garnets advance to the sectional playoffs it is reasonable to anticipate a fourth home contest scheduled as a third night game.

RYE?S 2007 GARNET FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

One can absolutely predict that with a 38-game unbeaten streak against all Section One opponents irrespective of class that stretches back to 2002 including the playoffs, the Garnets once again, will be slotted as the top pre-season seed in Class B for the 2007 season as well as being targeted as the ultimate ?team to beat? by all opponents. It?s the proverbial ?bulls eye on the back of the uniform?, but the Rye Garnets are used to such attention.

This year the Garnets appear in an eclectic ?enrollment peer group? including three long-standing SWIAC (Southern Westchester Interscholastic Athletic Conference) adversaries ? Sleepy Hollow, Pelham and Harrison (Class A). Pearl River from Rockland County returns to the Garnets ledger for the first time in ten years. Byram Hills reappears on Rye?s dance card after a one-year break, while Yonkers HS re-emerges from the football grave after dropping the sport for a year and returns to Rye?s schedule from a bygone era after a 34 year absence. Looking back over the musty, dusty Rye football annals the Garnets hold a 112-60-6 (.651) record historically against their 2007 foes. Harrison, who represents 76 or 43% of those 178 games played against all 2007 adversaries, will tussle with the Garnets for the 77th time in history.

After stumbling and bumbling, yet persevering through two ?inadvertent whistle? calls in the 2006 NY State East Regional Final, the Garnets narrowly missed a fourth consecutive post-Thanksgiving trip to Syracuse and an opportunity to compete to repeat as Class B State Champions. Forks wasn?t there either!

With the specters of annual graduation losses looming large, will the Garnets reload to expand the 38-game local, Section One streak? FORTY-SEVEN IS HEAVEN ! GO 2007 RYE GARNETS !

In trying to extend their mastery of the Huskies, will the Garnets achieve a never-before attained fifth straight win over Harrison? STRIVE FOR FIVE ! GO 2007 RYE GARNETS !

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