Who Dat ?. . . . . Who Dat? . . . . . . Who Dat? . . . . . . Who Dat? . . . . .
That's the question being asked by Rye football fanatics, players, parents and coaches about the Garnets' next opponent. Well, it's none other than Section 9's RED HOOK RED RAIDERS, as the Garnets advance to the South East Regional in Kingston's Dietz Stadium with kickoff slated for 7:30 PM on Friday, November 10.
Experienced Rye sports fans know the Red and White quite well from regional field hockey play from years past as the Garnet girls and the Red Raider stickwomen have locked sticks many times in state tourney play. But football scouting reports and competitive scuttlebutt on this Section 9 gridiron foe are about as scarce as Rye Garnet football losses over the last four seasons. In other words they are non-existent.
This wise sage is forced to resort to the smoky Magic 8 Ball to cook up this week's prediction. To gain some insight as to the competition we go deep into the fog to find a tattered historical tally sheet containing the results of Garnet games against all Section 9 squads, both regular and post season. The murky paper surfaces in window of the Magic 8 Ball and reads:
1993 South East Regional - Rye 42 - Ellenville 8
1998 Regular Season - Rye 30 - Saugerties 13
2001 Regular Season - Rye 28 - Spackenkill 6
2003 South East Regional - Rye 34 - O'Neill 7
2004 South East Regional - Rye 14 - West Sullivan 6
2005 South East Regional - Rye 41 - Burke Catholic 13
Being one to observe history and follow trends, the Old Garnet says Rye by 31-9, and if you can find an odds maker on this one, take the "over".
Remember 2006 Garnets you remain in "One and Done" territory and every game is single elimination. Lose and you go home to clean out your field house locker. Don't get caught looking beyond this week's foe. I'll take care of that for you. Most teams statewide have packed it in already by losing sectional playoff games and only eight Class B teams statewide remain standing.
Next? . . . . . The Albany Academy Cadets? The Peru Warriors? The Cazenovia Lakers? The Chenango Forks Blue Devils? The Lackawanna Steelers? The Geneva Panthers? . . . Not the Harrison Huskies!
As long as the Garnets keep winning, you can check the Rye Garnet Football Website in the coming weeks for further news, recent game-day photos and the Old Garnet's predictions and historical (hysterical) views.
From the webmaster: For more information on Red Hook, which is 8-1 so far this season, click on this link to the Section 9 site or check Max Preps by cutting and pasting this address (sorry, the link does not work for Max Preps):
http://www.maxpreps.com/FanPages/Team.mxp/NewYor - k/Boys_Varsity_Football_Fall_06-07/AreaID-e6d9a47d-4217-4966-89fa-7299a8f3b9a6/SchoolID-6903f296-b9e3-40a3-a826-df75de0d4a10
For Standings and info on the playoff information go the NY State Sportwriters site by clicking here.