HARRISON - Sitting alone in the Rye football office, Dino Garr wrang the murky water out of his socks while the nearby roar of the celebrating fans echoed through the empty locker room.
Garr was done celebrating another triumph over their bitter rival. While the players enjoyed their famous victory dip in the Rye Brook after beating Harrison 21-7 on Saturday, Rye's coach was already dry, changed and preparing for the Class A playoffs.
"It's done with. It's over," Garr said. "It was actually over right after the final buzzer. We have to move on right now."
The celebration wasn't just a product of beating Harrison for a record seventh straight time in the rivalry's 79 meetings. It also secured a playoff berth. Rye (5-1), winners of the last two Class B state titles, will host reigning Class A sectional champion Nyack in Friday's opening round.
Saturday's win at Feeley Field in Harrison was followed by a raucous bus ride back to Rye High School, where a large crowd awaited the players to run from the bus and plunge into the stream that runs next to the football field.
"We had playoffs in mind. But Harrison is the biggest game of the season for us," Rye senior Cole McCormack said. "We made both of them a reality today."
McCormack had a lot to do with that. The senior tailback rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. He rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown against Harrison last year.
All McCormack had to do Saturday was follow his commanding offensive line, which overpowered the undersized Huskies up front. Linemen Brian Powers, Charlie Rollins, Dave Shaughnessy, Brian Levinson and Anthony Vitiello controlled the line of scrimmage, and fullback Brendan Nagle was a force as a lead blocker.
"Rye is just so big and physical," Harrison coach Art Troilo said. "We average about 185 pounds on the line and they average about 240. Our kids played their hearts out and, obviously it's not a consolation, but I'm proud of them."