Devaney Picks for Final Four
Posted Thursday, November 20, 2008 by Devaney Lohud Blog
Rye (11-0) vs. Section 2’s Hudson Falls (10-1)
When: Saturday, 4 p.m.
Why Rye can win: Well, because Rye always wins. This is going to be a brutal match up for the Garnets, facing a far bigger Hudson Falls team and an explosive, record-setting back. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned about Rye the last six years, it’s how its defense always shows up in big games. Go through the years and you’ll find countless big-time backs who struggled against a Rye team that’s simply quicker and smarter. Hudson Falls hasn’t seen a running game quite like Rye’s.
Why Hudson Falls can win: As the case with Hudson Falls not seeing backs like Kyle Ramalho and Cole McCormack, the Garnets haven’t faced a back as good as Jim McMurry. The senior has had a storybook career, and is on the verge of breaking Section 2’s single-season record. He’s going to get the ball 25-30 times and isn’t going to be fazed by the physical pressure Rye plans to apply. The Hudson Falls line will have a significant size advantage, and the quarterback is more of a threat than people think.
Who will win: Rye. I haven’t picked against the Garnets in six years and I’m not starting now. I’ve pumped this Garnets team up as potentially the best in this dynasty. We can’t really consider that unless the win a state title. Besides the Albany Academy team of two years ago, Hudson Falls is the best team Rye has faced in the state tournament on its way to the Dome. I just have a hard time believing that a defense this deep and this talented, and with a coaching staff this experienced, they’re not going to come up with a way to stop McMurry enough to win the game.
Score prediction: Rye 28, Hudson Falls 21