October 3, 2009 by ryerecordsports
Six days after suffering their first loss since 2006, Rye’s football team exorcised their demons from the week before in 28-6 win at home against Sleepy Hollow. The feeling in the air at Nugent Stadium was business as usual, as the Garnets attacked early in the first quarter. On a 4th and 4 play, Rye’s Brendan Nagle annihilated the Sleepy quarterback on a sack that forced a turnover on downs. From there, quarterback Connor Eck and Brian Pickup hooked up on a pair of passes, including an 18-yard touchdown strike 4:49 into the game. In the pocket, Eck was like a ship’s captain in a raging storm. He was pressured on both sides by lunging Horsemen defenders, but did not flinch as he unleashed a perfect throw.
On the ensuing drive, TJ Storino — always one of my favorite players to watch — intercepted a pass going back on a 3rd and 17 play and set the offense up with a 1st and 10 at Sleepy’s 22 yard line. After a 14-yard jaunt by Cole McCormack on first down, Nagle cashed in three plays later to put Rye up 14-0. The Garnets added another first half touchdown with 5:34 left in the second quarter when Eck hit Storino perfectly in stride for a 22-yard touchdown pass.
Pickup scored Rye’s second half touchdown when he recovered a Sleepy fumble and returned it 10 yards for paydirt. It was the second fumble Pickup recovered. The first came late in the first half with the Horsemen threatening. Nagle snuffed out any chance of that however, when he hammered the quarterback and knocked the ball loose. Gunther Kempin also forced a turnover when he intercepted a pass.
Check back in a few days for more on this game in a Rye football feature story, which will also be included in the Friday, October 9 edition of The Rye Record