The first day of camp wouldn’t have been complete without a stop at the only Section 1 school to win a state championship in the last two seasons.
Rye owns that honor after claiming back-to-back Class B state titles. It owns the state’s longest current winning streak at 25 games and will put its six-year reign as sectional champs on the line when it moves this season up to Class A.
At practice today I joked about how all the people in Class B were gathering tonight for a party to celebrate Rye moving up to A. It was in response to my story in today’s Journal News about how the title is now up for grabs with Rye gone. They aren’t really partying, of course — but they should based on the talent and depth Rye has coming back this season. In B, the Garnets would have been a clear favorite yet again.
I spent a good amount of time at practice this afternoon, watching Rye go through offensive plays. It amazed me how you there’s no real discernible differences between one of their starters and a backup. With every other team I go watch at practice I can tell the difference between the two. Rye’s players, especially the offensive line, are so sharp and disciplined, you can’t tell. It’s probably the highest compliment a team can receive.
A player who caught my eye today was guard Charlie Rollins, one of the few returning starters for the Garnets. Cole McCormack ran with explosiveness and junior Connor Eck had the presence of a college quarterback. His confidence soared in the postseason last year, especially in the state playoffs. I don’t think the teams around here are truly aware of the player he’s become.
Overall, Rye was sharp and it was confirmed by how little coach Dino Garr yelled at them. He got on a few guys for missed blocks and a various mis-steps. But the Garnets looked like they were in midseason form in just their first day.
This brings an end to a long day. Hopefully these updates kept you busy this afternoon. I’ll be out at camps all next week and will provide news and notes. Please, if there are any schools you’d like me to stop by, please let me know. Nyack, Mahopac, Greeley and a few others are on my list.