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Closer Look at "THE GAME"

Posted Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by LoHud Staff

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Football on Oct 12, 2011

The rivalry between Rye and Harrison has long been considered Westchester’s best with the games often living up to pregame hype. Seldom has that proved more true than last year, when Rye chewed up 5:20 of clock and drove 80 yards in 14 plays. Connor Eck capped “The Drive” with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Brian Pickup, then ran in the two-point conversion for a 21-20 lead with just 15 seconds remaining.

Although the teams often arrive at the outcomes in trilling fashion, the momentum has ebbed and flowed throughout the decades with each side taking turns earning the upper hand.

Two streaks in the history of this rivalry, which dates to 1929, have run longer than any other. Harrison won eight straight from 1975-1982, and Rye has won eight straight from 2003-present.

One other current streak will be snapped when the teams meet for the 81st time on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 at Harrison High School. They will gather on Harrison’s two-year-old McGillicuddy Field for the first time. In fact, it is believed to be the first time the teams will play anywhere other than Harrison’s Feeley Field or Rye’s Nugent Stadium.

With a large crowd expected, Harrison has made parking available to fans at 500 and 600 Mamaroneck Ave. and at LMK Middle School. The district will provide shuttle buses for fans from the auxiliary lots to the field.

Harrison will honor its 1973 team prior to the game. The team, which beat Rye 20-8, will serve as honorary captains.

RESULTS
1929 — Harrison, 13-7
1930 — Harrison, 16-0
1931 — Harrison, 7-0
1932 — Harrison, 7-0
1933 — Rye, 12-7
— — NO GAME 1934-36 — —
1937 — Harrison, 6-0
1938 — Tie, 12-12
1939 — Rye, 7-0
1940 — Harrison, 18-0
1941 — Harrison, 20-7
1942 — Rye, 39-0
1943 — Rye, 9-0
1944 — Rye, 27-0
1945 — Rye, 16-0
1946 — Harrison, 27-6
1947 — Harrison, 20-7
1948 — Tie, 12-12
1949 — Harrison, 27-6
1950 — Harrison, 40-6
1951 — Rye, 13-7
1952 — Rye, 6-0
1953 — Rye, 38-0
1954 — Rye, 45-0
1955 — Harrison, 13-12
1956 — Rye, 26-7
1957 — Rye, 39-0
1958 — Rye, 26-13
1959 — Rye, 20-0
1960 — Harrison, 13-7
1961 — Rye, 41-7
1962 — Rye, 27-7
1963 — Harrison, 20-0
1964 — Harrison, 27-0
1965 — Harrison, 27-0
1966 — Rye, 13-6
1967 — Harrison, 31-0
1968 — Tie, 6-6
1969 — Harrison, 6-0
1970 — Rye, 3-0
1971 — Harrison, 2-0
1972 — Rye, 18-14
1973 — Harrison, 20-8
1974 — Rye, 7-0
1975 — Harrison, 7-0
1976 — Harrison, 7-0
1977 — Harrison, 27-20
1978 — Harrison, 20-3
1979 — Harrison, 16-14
1980 — Harrison, 35-15
1981 — Harrison, 13-0
1982 — Harrison, 19-0
1983 — Rye, 24-6
1984 — Rye, 30-9
1985 — Rye, 7-0
1986 — Rye, 15-12
1987 — Harrison, 6-0
1988 — Rye, 33-13
1989 — Rye, 22-0
1990 — Harrison, 16-8
1991 — Harrison, 6-0
1992 — Harrison, 24-7
1993 — Harrison, 10-6
1994 — Harrison, 28-12
1995 — Harrison, 29-13
1996 — Rye, 7-0
1997 — Harrison, 28-0
1998 — Harrison, 42-7
1999 — Harrison, 48-7
2000 — Rye, 39-12
2001 — Harrison, 28-7
2002 — Harrison, 31-7
2002 — Harrison, 35-15 (Class B semifinal)
2003 — Rye, 21-7
2003 — Rye, 22-15 (Class B semifinal)
— — NO GAME 2004 — —
2005 — Rye, 14-0
2006 — Rye, 19-18
2007 — Rye, 27-7
2008 — Rye, 28-3
2009 — Rye, 21-7
2010 — Rye, 21-20

ALL-TIME SERIES — Harrison leads series 41-36-3

SERIES NOTES —
1933 — Rye earns its first win after Harrison opened the series with four straight; postgame recklessness led to the suspension of the series from 1934-36
1955 — On Thanksgiving Day, Harrison snaps Rye’s 33-game winning streak, which included four straight shutout victories over the Huskies; Harrison, trailing 12-6, scored on a flea-flicker on the game’s final play and converted the extra point for the win
1960 — Harrison snapped another Rye 33-game winning streak; defensive tackle Jimmy Pauline stopped Rye on fourth-and-goal from the 1, beating a block from his cousin, Rye’s Bobby Pauline
1962-64 — Future University of Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen Jr. led Harrison to a 2-1 record against Rye in his three years playing QB for his father, Ralph Sr.
1970 — Rye won 3-0 on a field goal by Bob Marx, who hit on his only attempt of the season
1971 — Harrison earned the lowest-scoring win in the rivalry’s history when its defense tackled Rye QB Mark Bockeloh in the end zone for a safety
1976-77 — Harrison earned two in its string of eight-straight victories thanks to tailback Art Troilo Jr., who was in the process of breaking school records once held by his dad and then coach, Art Sr.
1997-99 — Star running back Sammy Maldonado led Harrison to three straight victories by the combined score of 118-14
2000 — The game was held in Week 1, making it the first time since 1937 it had been played on any day other than the last Saturday of the regular season
2006 — Rye (Class B) and Harrison (Class A) both entered as the No. 1-ranked teams in the state

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