Pouncing into the 2008 New York State Eastern Regional Final the Garnets find the HUDSON FALLS TIGERS. These tigres are ranked 4th in NYS, but in the NYSPHSAA Class B tourney they rank second as the #2 and # 3 rated teams hail from Nassau/Suffolk Counties on Long Island whose teams do not participate in the NYSPHSAA Playoffs. In the East its # 1 Rye versus # 2 Hudson Falls while out West we find # 3 Bath against # 4 Oneida with the winners meeting November 30 at 4:00PM in the Syracuse University Carrier Dome for all the marbles.
In 1762 the Village of Hudson Falls was incorporated on the east bank of the Hudson River below Glens Falls. Stone from nearby quarries was used in the construction of NYC’s Brooklyn Bridge. Representing Section Two, which encompasses the Capital (Albany Region) of NY State covering the VT and MA borders to the east and west beyond Schenectady but short of Utica and north to the Adirondacks pushing southward to the Greene/Ulster County line, the Tigers come to play with a 10-1 season record including two wins over former Rye playoff nemesis the Albany Academy Cadets.
It’s getting tougher for the Old Garnet to make predictions just as playoff victories become harder for the valiant Garnet gridmen. Let’s see:
1.) Hudson Falls was settled a hundred and two years after Rye
2.) Hudson Falls has a smaller population than Rye
3.) Hudson Falls High School has fewer students than Rye High School
4.) Hudson Falls has a great 10-1 record that falls short of Rye’s 11-0, and
5.) Hudson Falls has no NYS playoff experiences since 2000 while Rye has six
Ergo and therefore, like in number 1 through five above the Hudson Falls Tigers fall short and are caged by Rye’s Garnets - 28-14.
See you heading both north and south to and from Syracuse on Route 81 Thanksgiving Sunday. Watch out for the speed traps on Route 17 in the Binghamton area – the Old Garnet got snagged by a State Trooper after Rye’s 1993 NYSPHSAA Class C Final loss to the Caledonia-Mumford Raiders.
GO GARNETS ! ! ! !