On the verge of making some dubious program history, Rye went on the road and beat previously undefeated Horace Greeley 26-7 on Saturday to earn its first win of the season.
The Garnets avoided just the second 0-4 start ever.
"It meant everything to us," senior Jake Meyerson said. "We had nothing to lose today. No on really thought that we could win."
Senior Joe Simolacaj scored two rushing touchdowns. His second gave Rye (1-3) at 12-0 lead, but Greeley quarterback Justin Ciero responded with a 1-yard plunge.
The Garnet defense allowed Ciero little the rest of the game, holding the dynamic senior to under 50 yards rushing.
"Obviously the defense against a player of that caliber was important," Rye coach Dino Garr said. "I think our defense played great and our offense kept the ball to limit the ability for them to get the ball as much as they normally do."
That meant a heavy workload for Simolacaj, who added his second touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Freshman Andrew Livingston later connected with KevinLynch for another score in just his second game as the new starting quarterback.
"By us winning, it gave our team a sense of hope," Meyerson said. "We're better than 0-3. We can win any game we want. Now we just have to win out and hope for the best."