Who: Rye (2-0) vs. Nyack (2-0)
When: Tonight, 7
Where: Nugent Stadium, Rye
Key players: Rye -- Connor Eck (6-2, 200), Sr., QB; Jack O'Callaghan (5-10, 175), Sr., RB/DB; Brian Pickup (6-3, 210), Sr., WR/LB; Anthony Vitiello (6-2, 250), Sr., OL/DL. Nyack -- Maxim Ngolla (6-3, 290), Sr., OT/DT; Donald Davis (5-11, 200), Sr., RB/LB; Brandon Richards (6-2, 180), Sr., QB/DE; Mark Castellano (5-10, 170), Sr., HB/DB.
Key matchup: Rye offensive line vs. Nyack defensive front.
When Rye has the ball: The Garnets feature a balanced attack, but their inexperienced offensive line, which returns just one starter, must provide Eck the time to throw and the running backs with open running lanes. Nyack's defensive strength is up front, where Ngolla, Richards and Co. must dominate to keep Rye off the scoreboard.
When Nyack has the ball: Davis has been a rock so far, rushing for 307 yards and four touchdowns on 47 carries in just two games. The Indians will try to provide Davis with space where he can be difficult to tackle with just one defender. Although Nyack rarely passes, Castellano and John Luiza offer a speed threat on the perimeter that can open the middle for Davis.
Outlook: Last season, Rye opened the playoffs with a decisive 34-7 win over Nyack. The Indians appear to have more talent this season, as evidenced by impressive wins over Spring Valley and Eastchester. But they return to the field just five days after a 41-27 slugfest with Eastchester. Rye defeated Saunders 30-0 eight days ago in a game halted at halftime because of lightning. The lack of rest could be a detriment for Nyack, which has several players starting on both sides of the ball. The winner will earn at worst a share of first place in League A-South with Harrison