It’s just so confusing for the Old Garnet. Yes, the Rye Garnets have a return engagement in the Syracuse University Carrier Dome on the Sunday following Thanksgiving for the fifth time in the last six seasons. But what of the Chenango Forks Blue Devils – where are they? My head is spinning; somehow the planets have been yanked out of alignment.
And clever OG was all primed to entertain with little ditties about Bath High School if they were to become Western Regional Champion and possible Rye finals opponent – you know “Rub-A-Dub-Dub”.
The West’s Class B 2008 representatives are the Oneida Indians, not the originals in loin cloths and warrior paint, but rather the OHS Football Indians representing the Tri-Valley League of Section Three and making their first NYS Final’s appearance ever. These Indians are not skittish and certainly are no strangers to the cavernous Carrier Dome having played their September opener against Ithaca HS and their sectional final versus Westhill on that hilltop on the SU campus.
Dominating their league, sectionals and the West Regional, these Indians sport a gaudy 11-1 record and have only been tested twice this season – tripping in a 14-9 loss to Section Four’s Norwich and squeezing by with a 14-13 win over league rival, the Chittenango Bears. Coming off a 3-5 2007 season in Class A, the Central NYS preseason prognosticators proclaimed, “This season the Oneida Indians have to be excited. They drop to Class B and return many players from last season. With a solid mix of returning starters that saw action in the tough Class A National Division, the 2008 Indians could be in position to make a run at the Section Three Class B Title.” How prophetic. Not only did the Indians compete in their own section, they won the West Regional over Bath in a shutout, 27-0. So let’s recapitulate “How the West Was Won”. In the Section Four sectional final, Waverly knifed the Chenango Forks Blue Devils 14-13. Then in the Section Three versus Section Four semi-final Oneida expunged the Waverly Wolverines 27-21. From the far west came the Bath-Haverling Rams (Section Five) who blast furnaced the Lackawanna Steelers of Section Six by a count of 28-12 only to be speared by Oneida last weekend 27-0.
On Sunday, November 30, 2008 the 2008 Rye Garnets will wear those familiar, yet intimidating black home jerseys against the Orange and Blue of Oneida HS, whose unis look strikingly similar to those of the Briarcliff Bears locally. If only these Indians play football like those Bears.
It’s these 2008 seniors who will not be denied – champions one and all. It’s Ramalho bull rushing the opposing QB or crushing a would-be tackler. It’s Ramsey and Triano blitzing from their DE positions. It’s Keough or Matthews on a curl route. It’s the Irish backfield mates O’Callaghan & O’Malley. It’s Foristel grabbing two TD strikes in critical games. It’s special teamers Greer, Wood, Santoro, Gallagher, Grau, Yanker, Reisner and Billington. It’s senior linemen Rossi, Santangelo, Zoffoli, and Lavelle blowing Indians off the line of scrimmage. It’s super subs Contreras, Antico, Zahringer, Aronstein, Romero, Turrell and Brinkman. It’s D-Line stalwart Walker, Malcolm not Aaron!
IT’S RYE 27-7 !
THE GARNET & BLACK DELIVER THEIR THIRD NYS CLASS B TITLE IN FOUR YEARS RUNNING THEIR RECORD SINCE 2002 TO 71-3 (.959). RYE POLICE, FIRE AND A GRATEFUL COMMUNITY GREET THE VICTORIOUS GARNETS JUST SHORT OF MIDNIGHT AT THE ROUTE 287 RAMP. BE THERE.