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Posted Friday, November 28, 2008 by NYS SWA Blog

Class B: Oneida vs. Rye, Sunday, 4 p.m.

   The big picture: Don't confuse this for "small-school" football. Oneida was in Class A until this season, and Rye's enrollment is only a few students smaller. Rye is also big when it comes to tradition and consistency, having
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       About Oneida (Section 3, 11-1): Quarterback Ryan Kramer is 80-for-133 for 1,634 yards and 19 TDs. He's been picked off seven times. He's also run 85 times for 608 yards and scored 14 TDs. . . . Senior running back Rick Rossi has carried 155 times for 898 yards and 10 TDs but has been limited recently by a foot injury. Senior Joe McCormick is also over 300 yards for the season . . . Kramer's favorite target is Brandon Miles, who has 35 catches for 631 yards and 10 TDs . . . Miles leads the defense with five sacks, and 6-2 senior LB Wade Kline has picked off four passes . . . The Indians have outscored their opponents by 392-114.

       About Rye (Section I, 12-0): QB Connor Eck has been the model of efficiency, going 61-for-94 for 1,104 yards and 12 TDs with only 3 INTs . . . The defending state champion's double-barrel rushing attack consists of Kyle Ramalho (148 carries for 761 yards and 19 TDs) and Cole McCormack (85-810-6) . . . Donald Keough is the top receiver with 24 catches for 444 yards and five TDs . . . The Garnets have outscored opponents by 417-105. Though the Garnets failed to post a shutout, they held seven opponents to a single score . . . Topher Triano leads the defense with seven sacks and a fumble recovery.

       Picking a winner: Oneida's 14-9, midseason loss to Norwich, which wasn't quite as good as its 6-3 record might indicate, has bothered me, and I'm not sure why since multiple-loss teams have won championships in the past. On the other hand, Rye's body of work -- including two wins against Pleasantville and two against Nanuet -- has been more impressive across the board. . . . Barring unexpected surprises, call it Rye 28, Oneida 14

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