Class A semifinal
No. 1B Rye (8-0) vs. No. 2A Tappan Zee (7-1)
When: Friday, 7:15 p.m.
Where: Rye High School
2013 meetings: None
Last meeting: Rye won 30-22 on Oct. 12, 2012; Rye is 11-1 all-time vs. Tappan Zee
Key players: Rye — Andrew Livingston (6-1, 170), Jr., QB; Tim DeGraw (5-10, 145), Jr., WR/DB; Shane O’Malley (5-9, 170), Sr., RB/LB. Tappan Zee — Giuseppe Maddalena (5-10, 170), Sr., QB/LB; Tommy Morales (6-0, 190), Sr., RB/LB; Paul Holder (6-1, 210), Sr., FB/DL.
Outlook: Livingston’s gaudy stats have gotten a lot of attention, but Maddalena took a back seat to no one in the quarterfinals, rushing for six touchdowns in an easy victory over Sleepy Hollow. Tappan Zee’s run-first single-wing offense should be a fascinating contrast to Rye’s pass-heavy attack. Maddalena is the top option, but the bruising Morales is a strong complement. DeGraw, Chris Santangelo and Jay Little comprise one of the section’s top receiving corps. O’Malley will need to shoulder the load at running back with leading rusher and two-way starter Conor Murphy (ankle/calf) likely out for the season.
Next up: The winner will meet the winner of No. 2B Ossining and No. 4B Somers at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at Mahopac High School for the Section 1 championship.
Rye coach Dino Garr on Tappan Zee: “They’re very comfortable with an offense you don’t see. I guess you can say it’s somewhat similar to the Wing-T, but it just makes you very hard. It’s like going againsts Harrison, who runs the triple (option).”
“They’re physical. They have size. They come at you and they execute well. They do a good job driving the ball. They can run the ball and they’re very happy with three or four yards.”
Tappan Zee coach Andy DiDomenico on Rye: “They’re a super balanced team. They’re fundamentally sound. They’re tough. They’re aggressive. Obviously, the quarterback is the X-factor and the receivers can make a ton of big plays. We’re just hoping to limit those opportunities.”
“We would hope (to apply pressure), but a fundamentally sound team starts on both sides of the line of scrimmage. We know they’re going to protect the kid, but hopefully we can get to him a little bit, give him some happy feet, and make some plays when the ball is in the air. I’ve seen the film and seen a lot of big plays they’ve made on the ball in the air.”