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Coach: Dino Garr
Last year’s record: 5-3
Conference: Section 1 Class A
Three names you know:
Joe Simolacaj (5-11, 190), Sr., FB/LB
Jake Meyerson (6-0, 190), Sr., QB/DB
Peter Wittwer (6-2, 230), Sr., OL/DL
Three names to learn:
Matt Keough (6-1, 235), Sr., OL/DL
Patrick Powers (6-4, 200), Sr., OL/DE
Tim Degraw, Fr., RB
Talk of the camp: As a whole, this is a young Rye squad with very few proven players. But it’s one with great potential. Every player we interviewed spoke about unity and chemistry being the teams biggest strength. For the first time in a while, there are no real superstars on this roster, although Simolacaj might be as good a LB you’ll find in the region. That could be a great thing for the Garnets. They have an improving Jake Meyerson taking over at QB, a strong, a massive offensive line and a slew of big physical defenders.
Position battle: Who’s going to run the ball? It’s a question worth asking around Rye, which doesn’t have a sure-fire primary running back entering the season for the first time in a long time. Simolacaj will be the fullback, although that tends to be more of a blocking role in Rye’s offense. And Meyerson will get his fair share of chances to tuck and run at quarterback. With Jack Concavage out with an injury, the guy turning heads is freshman Tim Degraw. He could be poised for a huge year. Look for Rye to test out a stable of backs early on until it finds the right mix.
Season outlook: Let’s get something straight: Rye has the hardest schedule in Section 1. And it might not even be close. The standard is always high for the Garnets thanks to six straight Section 1 championships, five trips to the Dome and three titles in the 2000s. Those days are gone but a crack at the Section 1 championship is still very realistic. Rye will have a chance to prove itself on opening night when it travels up to Somers, which bounced the Garnets from the postseason in the first round last year. Revenge will be on Rye’s mind.
9/9 – at Somers
9/16 – John Jay
9/23 – at Ossining
10/1 – at Greeley
10/6 – Roosevelt
10/15 – at Harrison
10/21 – Lakeland
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