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"The Game" Rye-Harrison

Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by Lohud Blog

Rye vs. Harrison: A deeper look at “The Game”

The rivalry between Rye and Harrison has long been considered Westchester’s best with the games often living up to pregame hype. Last year, the Garnets set a series record when they won for the ninth straight year, the longest winning streak by either team in the history of “The Game,” which dates to 1929. Harrison won eight straight from 1975-1982.

Rye started last season 0-3 for just the third time in program history but regrouped to finish the season on a five-game winning streak before losing in the Class A semifinals at eventual runner-up John Jay. Along the way, the Garnets were physically dominant in a 17-7 win at Harrison’s McGillicuddy Field, which was believed to be the first venue to host “The Game” other than Harrison’s Feeley Field or Rye’s Nugent Stadium. Freshman QB Andrew Livingston threw two touchdown passes and Joe Simolacaj and Jake Meyerson both rushed for over 100 yards apiece as the Garnets outgained Harrison 263-132. They ran 38 plays to Harrison’s 16 in the second half.

Nugent Stadium will host Rye and Harrison this Saturday at 1:30. The Huskies enter the game unbeaten, as they did most recently in 2010. Rye is 4-2.

NOTE: I wrote this last year, but it bears repeating: Thanks to the “Old Garnet,” Steve Feeney, for all of the information posted below. His annual “Rye Garnet Football” yearbook is the most extensive record book in Section 1 sports and the resource where all this information is from. Every program should be so lucky to have this type of historical record.

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
2011 — Rye, 17-7

ALL-TIME SERIES — Harrison leads series 41-37-3

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 Peter Jurga 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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