RYE - Well, Class A-South has now come full circle, and we'll let next week and the tiebreakers sort out which two teams go to the playoffs, and which go home.
Rye High knocked off the league's last unbeaten, Roosevelt, 49-26 Friday night at Nugent Stadium, so here's what we have seen so far:
Eastchester beat Rye, Harrison beat Eastchester, Roosevelt beat Harrison, Rye beat Roosevelt.
"It's a strange league this year," Rye's Brendan Nagle said. "All the teams are really good, all capable of winning any day, so we've just got to come out and play."
Well, even that hasn't been easy for Rye, the six-time Section 1 Class B champ, five-time state Class B finalist and three-time state Class B champ, which moved up to A this year. Rye suffered its first loss in ages to a Section 1 opponent when Eastchester barely survived earlier this season; then in this already-shortened season had an unexpected week off when Saunders forfeited.
And yet here the Garnets are, with a shot at winning another sectional championship (Rye earlier in the year handed Ossining its only loss) - at least as good a chance as any of the other top four, six or eight teams ... if they get in.
"Every week's a battle," said Rye's Cole McCormack, who rushed for 178 yards on 23 carries, and three touchdowns. "We knew that coming in. We knew we had to prepare the same every week. It doesn't matter at all who we're playing. We have to respect every opponent, go out there and give it 100 percent. We knew every game was going to be a dog fight. I knew it, our whole team knew it. and that's what it's been.
"It's a season. That's what it is. It's ups and downs. In football you've got to roll with the punches, take some on the chin. It's a learning experience for everyone, just like a life experience. The week off kind of set us back, but no excuses. We had to rebound from that, and we've got a big game next week, and I'm looking forward to that. Everyone is."