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Rye's win ove Roosevelt

Posted Saturday, October 10, 2009 by Lohud Staff




Oh, next week. That would be at archrival Harrison, which is now, once again a league rival, too, in a game that has playoff implications.



Roosevelt needs to get straightened out right away, during this, its finest season in years, which unraveled to a degree Friday night.



"We just got run over," Indians coach Mike Meade said. "We couldn't stop them. Their offensive line just pushed us around. It's been great up to now. We've got to regroup now. We haven't tasted this. Maybe it's a wakeup call.



"In our league, especially in the South, we've got four good teams, and every week you better be ready."



The Indians were ready for Rye, and Rye was ready for Roosevelt, which is terribly dangerous with its mult-dimensional quarterback Donovan Walker and its hard-running back Dave Thomas.



"All week, we took it as any other game," Nagle said. "We practiced hard, and we knew what they had. We knew their quarterback and the running back, if we took them out of the game, we'd shut them down. Probably two of the best players we'll play all year."



No doubt. Walker ran for 141 yards, including touchdown sprints of 41, 46 and 29 yards, and Thomas ran for 133 yards. But Rye knocked Walker around when he tried to pass, and they belted his receivers early in the game. They forced turnovers, and they cashed in when they had a short field, quarterback Connor Eck throwing for 162 yards. The Indians were dangerous all night from the spread offense, but couldn't stop Rye defensively.



"We proved we trust each other," McCormack said. "That was the big question, I think, especially after Eastchester. We just have to trust each other, and that's what it's been."



So the Garnets completed the A-South circle, so to speak. If they can just get into the playoffs - and that goes for their three league-mates as well - they could be dangerous in an eight-team shootout that will include powerful Somers and Fox Lane, Ossining and Nyack, among others.



For Rye, not much has changed after moving out of B - and giving somebody else a chance to win that class this year. "Our goal is the same," Nagle said. "To do the best we can and leave it all on the field."



They did that Friday night. As usual.

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