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"The Game" Old Garnet's Rye Harrison Blog

Posted Sunday, September 21, 2008 by Fumbles and Bev


Saturday, September 27                                     Harrison vs. Rye @ Nugent Stadium                                              1:30 PM


People around Section One and even New York State continuously ask, “Why is it that Rye and the HARRISON HUSKIES have been so good for so long”?  The answer is quite simple – we have each other, perpetuating a rivalry extending back some three generations over eight decades.  Tough contests, particularly Harrison’s opener against Somers, precede the 78th renewal of Westchester’s Premier Football Rivalry Game.  Hey boys, its time to strap on the old leather helmet, cinch up the chinstrap and suck it up – you are representing generations of your communities in this one.  This week’s game is for all the marbles, all the bragging rights.  It’s the traditional Garnet and Black versus the Maroon and White as Rye seeks an unprecedented (for Rye) sixth in a row trying to edge ever closer to parity in the long-standing series currently logged at 33-41-3 (.446%).  This Old Garnet reads the tea leaves with a given - the game will attract a record number of spectators.  If you want prime seats arrive early, long before the 1:30 PM kick-off of Westchester’s finest high school football game.  As the Husky motorcade enters Nugent Stadium take a good look at how excited these young pups are and be hopeful that is their nadir and not the final score. “It’s Great to Live in Harrison” . . . . . . except when the Huskies lose to Rye’s Garnets.        HANG THE HUSKIES !        HANG THE HUSKIES !


The Rye Football Association welcomes all Rye High School Alumni & Friends back to your school and community.  We hope you enjoy the game.  Go Garnets ! !

The Rye High School Classes of 1968, 1973, 1978, 1993 and 1998 are holding reunions this weekend.  Please have an enjoyable, safe time.  Fight Garnets ! !

A warm welcome to our guests from Harrison.  If there is anything we can do to make your visit more enjoyable, please let us know.  Win Garnets ! !


Rye and Harrison are extremely fortunate to have a long-standing, tradition-rich football relationship that has weathered 77 previous games.  It is the envy of all other Westchester high schools.  Although the games are eagerly anticipated and hotly contested, former players and local historians will attest to the mutual respect that develops and endures among the players, coaches and community members weaving the game into the cultural fabric of each town.  Hats off to the community agencies and many volunteers that orchestrate and manage a football game that annually attracts 10,000 fans and generally is safe and incident free.  Let’s keep it that way this year and forever.

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