MyRye.com is pleased to provide the Old Garnet's (AKA former school board prez Steve Feeney) football write-up for this weekend's big game:
Oh how the worm has turned from Maroon and White to Garnet and Black. In the ‘90s - HHS 9, RHS 1. In the ‘00s – Garnets 8-3 over the HARRISON HUSKIES. But it is now a new decade and the slate is clean. With both schools again in the same league, “THE GAME” returns to its rightful place as the coup-de-gras, piece–de-resistance, icing on the cake, sprinkles on the cone, final game of the regular season. This rivalry, extending back some three generations over eight decades, has now reached its 80th renewal as Westchester’s Premier Football Rivalry Game. Hey boys, its time to strap on the old leather helmet, cinch up the chinstrap and suck it up – you are representing generations of your communities in this one. This week’s game is for all the marbles, all the bragging rights. It’s the BIG ONE as Rye seeks an unprecedented (for Rye) eighth straight trying to edge ever closer to parity in the long-standing series currently logged at 35-41-3 (.461%). If you want prime seats arrive early, long before the 2:00 PM kick-off of Westchester’s finest high school football game. Could the unspeakable happen as in ’02 & ’03 – a double dip of Rye/Harrison? You bet! Garnets win this one – one more time! HANG THE HUSKIES ! HANG THE HUSKIES !
Rye and Harrison are extremely fortunate to have a long-standing, tradition-rich football relationship that has weathered 79 previous games. It is the envy of all other Westchester high schools. Although the games are eagerly anticipated and hotly contested, former players and local historians will attest to the mutual respect that develops and endures among the players, coaches and community members weaving the game into the cultural fabric of each town. Hats off to the community agencies and many volunteers that orchestrate and manage a football game that annually attracts 10,000 fans and generally is safe and incident free. Let’s keep it that way again this year as an example to future generations of local high school football fans.