RYE -- Just four days and three practices since a physical win over Eastchester, Nyack crossed the Hudson River, seemingly with weary legs. Don't tell that to Donald Davis, the senior fullback who apparently thrives on carries, not rest.
Nyack quarterback Raydell Williams hands off to Donald Davis, who scored three TDs, during Friday's 28-7 victory over Rye.
Davis rushed 29 times for 278 yards and three touchdowns and also intercepted two Connor Eck passes to lead Nyack to a no-doubt 28-7 win over Rye at Nugent Stadium.
The 220-pound Davis rushed for 117 yards in the first half and had the two interceptions (and nearly another). Behind dominant offensive line play for the Indians (3-0), he was arguably even better in the second half.
"He had the best game I've ever seen him play," Nyack coach John Castellano said. "We knew we had to go right at Rye, and we went right at them."
The Garnets (2-1) moved the ball well on the opening drive but stalled after an offensive pass interference penalty negated a first-down pass. The penalty was a sign of things to come. Rye committed four costly turnovers in the first half, including a fumble where Nyack punter Vasser Quincy line-drived a kick into the back of a blocker not more than 20 yards downfield.
The unlucky break was a boon for the Indians, who then received another boost on the next punt. Rye jumped offsides to give Nyack a first down. Davis scored six plays later and the Indians never trailed again.
"It's tough to make those kinds of mistake against a really good football team like Nyack," Rye coach Dino Garr said. "And when we started to come back, their fullback carried the team. Their team really raised its game."
It's not like the Garnets didn't try. They line-drived the opened kickoff of the second half into the front wave of Nyack's return team. The ball bounced back to Rye, which recovered and quickly marched to its only score. Eck, the senior quarterback who finished 10 of 20 for 162 yards, hit Brian Pickup for a 25-yard touchdown on fourth-and-two. Pickup finished with eight catches for 108 yards.
But on the next drive Davis delivered another reminder of who the night's star was. On the second play, he rushed 67 yards for his third touchdown, leaving defenders in his wake.
"Basically, we came out ready today," Davis said. "We knew we had a bigger team. And we knew we could run the ball well behind our line."
In a game that was all about which team leaned on the other more, Nyack leaned longer. The Indians forgot they were the team with less rest. And quickly.
"I told them, 'You just have to play,' " Castellano said. "And they played. I'm so proud of this team tonight."