OSSINING, N.Y. – Rye’s freshman quarterback Andrew Livingston showed talent and potential in his first varsity start Friday night but the visiting Garnets were beaten by Ossining 22-14 on a rain soaked Ossining High School turf.
“We’re never satisfied when we lose a game,” Livingston said after the game. “I played well at points, but we turned the ball over twice in the red zone (inside the opponent 20-yard line) and that can’t happen. We have to play better. I have to play better.”
Ossining (2-1) renewed it playoff hopes, taking an early 8-0 lead and holding Rye’s offense scoreless in the first half before an exciting second half in which both teams made big scoring plays. Rye (0-3) lost its third straight game and had its playoff hopes drenched.
Neither team could sustain a scoring drive in the first half, but Ossining scored late in the first quarter when linebacker Steven Orts got the second of his two quarterback sacks, tackling Livingston in the Rye end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead.
Ossining got the first of its two big pass plays late in the second quarter when Donnelly found Sam LaCour to his left with a pass. LaCour turned, was bumped by a Rye defender, caught the pass and raced past two Garnets 71 yards to give the O an 8-0 lead.
Livingston replaced quarterback Jake Meyerson, who led the Garnets in the first two games of the season. Meyerson moved to running back where he was also impressive, racing 83 yards for a touchdown to pull the Garnets to within 8-6 early in the second half.
Despite falling behind 22-6 late in the third quarter, Livingston hung in and led the Garnets to the end zone with fullback Joe Simolacaj scoring on a six-yard blast. Simolacaj took in the two-point conversion for a 22-14 deficit. Rye could not mount a drive in the final four minutes.
Rye, which has not been 0-3 since 1982, plays at Horace Greeley next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.