RYE — In his 32 years as Rye’s coach, none of Dino Garr’s teams had ever scored 50 points in a game. They had chances, sure, but Garr never found it necessary to keep his foot pressed so firmly to the pedal. He never had to.
Until Friday. In fact, Garr mentioned the figure prior to kickoff, noting that with high-octane Ossining and its prolific quarterback, Justin Davidov, 50 points may be a necessity.
“He said, ‘We don’t like to run up the score, but against a team like Ossining you never know how much you’re going to need to score,’ ” junior Tim DeGraw said. “ ‘You always have to be safe with them.’ ”
Safe, but also good. Rye proved it was both Friday night at Nugent Stadium, producing a program-record point-total in a dominant 58-14 victory over Ossining.
Both teams entered unbeaten, but only the Garnets left at 4-0. They piled up 478 yards to just 166 for Ossining, which entered the night second in Section 1 in scoring.
“A total breakdown both coaching-wise and player-wise,” Ossining coach Dan Ricci said. “We just didn’t have our day. Rye played great. I give them a lot of credit.”
Rye junior Andrew Livingston had the better of the matchup between Super 11 quarterbacks. He hit on his first seven passes and finished 11 for 17 for 193 yards and a TD before Garr removed him late in the third quarter. He also kicked a 47-yard field goal that also established a program record just before half.
Senior Shane O’Malley rushed for 191 yards and a score on just 13 carries, and added a 29-yard interception return for a TD as the Garnets built a 28-0 lead. DeGraw added six catches for 125 yards, including a 73-yarder.
Davidov finished 3 for 18 passing for 39 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 44 yards on 15 carries, one for a score. He was sacked four times, intercepted three, and under constant pressure from a physical Garnets defense.
“We didn’t want to hurt him. We hope the best for him,” sophomore Chase Pratt said. “He’s a fantastic player, but coming into it, with a running quarterback, if he’s going to run, we’re going to hit him.”