Rye 17, Harrison 7: In the 81st playing of Rye-Harrison and the first at McGillicuddy Field in Harrison, the Garnets won their ninth straight game in the rivalry. It is the longest winning streak by either of the teams. They had previously shared the record of eight straight.
Joe Simolacaj ran for 125 yards on 34 carries, including 27 in the second half. Simolacaj helped snap a 7-7 tie at halftime. His running set up an 11-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Livingston to Dylan Lynch with 8:27 remaining that gave Rye a 14-7 lead.
Jake Meyerson, who rushed 17 times for 106 yards, intercepted Harrison quarterback Vin Nicita three plays later and returned it 20 yards to the Harrison 37. After the drive stalled, Meyerson connected on a 35-yard field goal to give the Garnets a 17-7 lead with 4:12 remaining.
Rye scored the game’s first touchdown on a four-yard TD pass from Livingston to Lynch with 9:52 remaining in the first half. Harrison answered immediately with a 65-yard march capped by Jake Marino’s 19-yard touchdown run. The extra point tied the score.
The Huskies were outgained 263-132 yards for the game. They ran just 16 plays in the second half to 38 for Rye. On the final play of the third quarter, Harrison opted to go for fourth down and a long 1 from its own 44. Nicita was stopped by the Rye defense inches short of the first down. The Garnets then drove 44 yards for their go-ahead touchdown.
Livingston, the first freshman QB to start against Harrison in Dino Garr’s 31 attempts coaching “The Game,” finished 2 for 7 for 15 yards and an interception but threw both passes for touchdowns and both on third downs.
Will Hilliard led Harrison with 57 yards on 11 carries. Nicita finished with 11 carries for 19 yards and went 3 for 7 for five yards and an interception passing