Eastchester 13, Rye 7
Rye’s first loss in three seasons might have been Eastchester’s biggest win, well, ever.
Seriously. The Eagles have won bowl games before. But being in Class A and defeating a two-time state champ ranked near the top in the state? It’s got to be up there as one of the greatest wins ever.
Check out Mike Dougherty’s recap here.
Rye’s numbers are staggering. Since the start of the 2003 season, Rye was 73-3 overall before today, had won 59 straight games over Section 1 opponents, six sectional and three state titles, and owned a state-best 27-game winning streak. And it all ended with Connor Eck getting stuffed at the goal line in the closing seconds as the Eagles hung on.
Kevin Bronner was incredible for Eastchester. His 83-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter gave the Eagles a 6-0 lead. He had another huge catch later to set up Eastchester’s other score. As you can tell in Bronner’s tone after the game, the Eagles were not the least bit intimidated by mighty Rye.
“They’re Rye. It says Rye on their jerseys,” Bronner said. “But if you execute, they’s just like any other team.”
No words could be truer.
With that said, let’s not annoit Eastchester as the favorites in Class A or drop Rye out of the conversation. This game merely proved that Class A is as unpredictable as any conference in Section 1 this decade. Winning today means diddily tomorrow. Both teams, with all due respect to Roosevelt, will likely be in the playoffs in Class A. So this game is more of a confidence-boost for Eastchester and a reality-check for Rye than it is some tell-tale sign of what’s to come.
Honestly, I said before the season that Rye would likely lose a game in the regualr season (I figured Ossining) and that it would win a Section 1 title. Not changing my mind now. Rye isn’t the best team in the conference at the moment. But it will be.
I was pretty sure Rye would win the section before today. After it, I’m certain it will.