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Old Garnet 08 Season Preview

Posted Monday, September 08, 2008 by The Old Garnet


By The Old Garnet



Its way too early to divine sectional and state playoff match-ups, so for now the “OG” will stick to the challenging ’08 league season confronting the Garnets.  For the second consecutive year Section One’s Class B Football Committee grouped league assignments by enrollment size.  For ’08 twelve schools are split into two leagues while the ‘07 campaign saw eighteen squads divvied into three groupings.  Year-to-year Class B loses six teams due to alterations to the NY State classification range numbers and enrollment changes at individual schools.  Effective for ‘08 Class B Football encompasses schools within an enrollment range of 401-624 in grades 9-11 surveyed the previous October (2007) – thereby counting only those students eligible to participate on the varsity level in this fall season.  From last year’s Rye schedule Sleepy Hollow, Pearl River and Yonkers jump to Class A for ’08 while former Class B members Woodlands, Westlake and Hastings drop a notch to Class C.  Watch out - sitting at 604 this year, the Garnets could find themselves above 624 and in Class A as soon as the ‘09 football season.   


Reversing a ‘05 decision, Section One’s Superintendents approved the return to an eight game local regular season schedule, joining the rest of the New York State.  With the increase of one game, Rye’s current campaign has five league games and two non-league contests (including section-wide “Rivalry Weekend” match-ups led by Rye/Harrison for the 78th time).  Coupling the extra game schedule enhancement and Sleepy Hollow’s move to Class A, the long dormant “River Rivalry” between Sleepy Hollow and Ossining has been rekindled rejuvenating another long-time Westchester classic.  The Garnets regular season is followed by two weekends of Section One Class B Playoffs leading to the state tournament.  ’08 Class B League assignments array as follows:  League I – Rye/Ardsley/Byram Hills/Irvington/ Nanuet/Pelham and League II – Briarcliff/Dover/ Edgemont/JFK-Somers/Pleasantville/Putnam Valley.    


Rye’s ’08 season has four home games, three at night (two on Fridays and one Saturday contest), plus the Harrison battle on a Saturday afternoon.  Should the Garnets advance to the sectional playoffs one could anticipate a fourth home contest under the lights depending on the tourney seedings.




Is Rye the target of all the venom in Class B or is the program attracting the envy of its enemies?  Both!  With a 47-game unbeaten streak against all Section One opponents irrespective of class stretching back to 2002 including playoffs, once again the Garnets will be anointed as the top pre-season seed in Class B for the ’08 season.


The Garnets schedule includes three long-standing SWIAC (Southern Westchester Interscholastic Athletic Conference) adversaries – Pleasantville, Pelham and Harrison (Class A).  Nanuet from Rockland County, Ardsley and Irvington all return to the Garnets ledger after very brief absences, and Byram Hills is a repeat opponent from ’07.  Looking back over the musty, dusty Rye football annals the Garnets hold a 129-71-7 (.645) advantage over all their ‘08 foes. Harrison, who represents 77 or 37% of those 200 games played against all ‘08 adversaries, will rumble with the Garnets for the 78th time.  Removing the Huskies from these stats yields an eye-popping 96-30-4 (.762) historical dominance by Rye’s over the other six regular-season ‘08 opponents.  


It was completely unexpected in August, but the ’07 Garnets grew into the Rye football tradition game-by-game.  They exceeded everyone’s pre-season expectations by returning to the NY State Class B Championship Game for the fourth time in five years.  Amazingly Chenango Forks joined the party for their sixth visit in seven years.  And we all know the outcome, RYE GARNETS – 2007 NEW YORK STATE CLASS B FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS !


As seemingly happens every year, the specters of annual graduation losses loom large as the Garnets attempt to continue their 47-game local, Section One streak. As Coach Garr says, “Tradition never graduates”.  FIFTY-SIX IS IN THE MIX !  GO 2008 RYE GARNETS !


In trying to extend their mastery of the Huskies, will the Garnets achieve a record-breaking sixth straight win over Harrison?  KICKS FOR SIX !  GO 2008 RYE GARNETS !

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