From " www.section1recruting.com"" (Section 1 Guy being John Malone, who started the Section1 recruiting site to help raise the profile of Section1 players:
It?s ?The Game.? Rye-Harrison is the biggest game that anyone around here knows about, and from what I can gather, it?s the biggest yearly game in New York. Last season?s 1 point thriller between the state?s top ranked Class A team (Harrison) versus the top ranked Class B team (Rye) brought the rivalry to new heights for me. I?ve watched Rye-Harrison every year since I started watching football. It?s one of the reasons I became ?Section1Guy.? My father took me to football and basketball games when I was a kid. We went to random games here and there, but I always remember Memorial Stadium, the Stepinac-White Plains Turkey Bowl, and Rye-Harrison. The pageantry makes this rivalry that much better. From the police escorts, cheerleaders, and bands, to the water jumping. It?s something for every football fan in the area to see. This year will be an amazing event as well because it?s the final war at Harrison?s Feeley Field.
Harrison comes in this year ranked #2 in New York State in Class A. They?re behind Lansingburgh of Section 2 (don?t ask me how!) who Rye and Harrison have both beat up in the state playoffs in recent years. Harrison?s strength is their offensive backfield this year. Despite almost all new faces, they?re deeper than a year ago. Robbie Williams (SR QB/DB 6?0?? 165lbs) has been stellar in his first season as the starter. He?s built in the mold of the 2002 state championship quarterback Pete Kolasch; he?s skinny, quick, and deceptive. He leads the team in rushing through three weeks with 212 yards. The Huskies have options in the backfield with fullback Justin Segal (JR FB/LB 5?11?? 215lbs) and running backs Joe Denti, Frank Bauco, Sam Hendler, and Matt Krasnoff. Harrison is throwing the ball a bit more than usual and the main reason is Claudio DelliCarpini (JR WR/S 6?1?? 175lbs). DelliCarpini has 9 of the team?s 13 receptions, and 159 of the team?s 263 yards receiving. He?s fast, agile, and jumps out of the building. His hands are excellent as well. The offensive line isn?t the battering ram unit that it?s been in recent past, but they?re still very good. Derek Sable (SR T/DT 6?0?? 280lbs) has the name recognition and size, but Henry Amato (SR C/DT 6?2?? 215lbs) is very talented.
The defensive side of the ball has been shaky in spots so far this season, but especially against the pass. The secondary is talented and deep, and pass defense has never been Harrison?s forte. They need to do something different back there. DelliCarpini and Williams are athletic safeties, and Bauco has become a run stopping corner back. Hendler, Denti, and Krasnoff all get quality minutes back there as well. Segal is the best linebacker in Class A and possibly all of Section 1. Up front, the defensive ends are always keys in the Harrison defense. Jeremy Burnett (JR TE/DE 6?0?? 190lbs) is the next great one, and a future college linebacker.
For Rye to win the game, they?re going to need it to be a defensive battle. The Rye ground game is tough, but I don?t think they can sustain drives against Harrison. Kyle Ramalho (JR FB/DE 5?11?? 235lbs) is a tank of a runner, but isn?t exactly chewing up the yardage. Luke O?Malley (JR RB 5?11?? 180lbs) is the feature tailback this year, but hasn?t been incredibly effective against the quality opponents. The passing game is keeping Rye alive. The passing game is why Sleepy Hollow couldn?t stop them last week. Jordan Eck (SR QB 6?0?? 160lbs) has been carrying the team. He?s barely missed a receiver this season, and he?s more athletic than given credit for. He?s a threat to scramble if he doesn?t see what he likes down field. The offensive line isn?t the dominant unit for Rye either. The guards, Francis Santangelo (SR G 5?8?? 230lbs), and Sam Fulmer (SR G/lB 6?2?? 200lbs) are the experienced ones. James Bonsall (SR WR/DB 6?0?? 165lbs) is one of the fastest Garnets and he is the main target for Eck. He torched Sleepy Hollow for the backbreaking score last week.
The Rye defense isn?t incredibly quick, but the linebackers are very good. Fulmer is one of the underrated players in Section 1 and Matt Rix (SR TE/LB 6?3?? 185lbs) is practically an unknown but shouldn?t be at all. Ramalho is tough on the line which is a solid unit. The secondary?s led by their field general safety, Kevin Gordon (SR S 6?3?? 180lbs). Bonsall adds athleticism at cornerback. Pat O?Callaghan (JR RB/DB 5?10?? 170lbs) is fun to watch. He?s tough.
It?s always impossible to pick this game when there isn?t a Sam Maldonado, Rudy Arcara, or Marc Saracino. On paper, this game shouldn?t be that close. Rye wasn?t the favorite last week in talent, and they?re not the favorite this week. Rye?s passing game can keep them in it, but I don?t think Harrison we?ll be as helpless against the pass as Sleepy Hollow was. Rye?s out coached Harrison in this game a lot recently and that will factor in as well. Can Harrison bring any sort of wrinkles to the table to throw off the Garnets? I?m not sure. Like any big game turnovers decide it, but I?m sticking with what I see on paper. As for a kicking game, they cancel each other out talent wise. DelliCarpini redeems himself from Harrison?s last two losses.
Harrison 17 Rye 14