Football in the Hudson Valley is less than two months away. In preparation, MSG Varsity will be out at camps, combines and 7-on-7s across the Tri-State to profile teams every day entering the 2014 season
Camp report: Rye
Last year’s record:9-1, lost in Section 1 Class A final
Key returners:Andrew Livingston, Sr., QB; Tim DeGraw, Sr., WR; Drew Abate, Sr., TE; Chase Pratt, Jr., RB/LB; Patrick Hull, Jr., OL/DL; Jimmy Timmings, Sr., T/DT.
Where we saw them: Big Apple Classic 7 on 7, at White Plains
Big Apple performance:Rye was one of the top teams of the day, advancing to the championship game before falling to a very good Stepinac team. Quarterback Andrew Livingston is throwing the ball well and is capable of single handedly running the offense. Drew Abate is a gifted athlete and is a nice target for Livingston in the red zone.
The Garnets couldn’t really open everything up with Tim DeGraw playing in the baseball state championship, but with linemen Roger Paganelli, Jimmy Timmons, Patrick Hull and Marco Dellicolli returning, Rye feels it has the tools to be one of the top teams in Class A again.
“We know how to manage the highs and lows,” said Livingston, who has interest from Ivy League and Division 1-AA schools. “We try not to look too far ahead. We take the season game by game and right now, we’re just looking forward to working this summer and getting ready for Game 1 against Lakeland.”
What’s ahead:White Plains’ Tiger Camp (June 27-July 1); New Canaan 7 on 7; team camps
KDJ’s season outlook:The Garnets will feature the area’s top quarterback, top receiver and then arguably the most question marks of any team in the Hudson Valley. Last year’s Section 1 runner ups graduated a ton of talent and, while still featuring marquee names like Livingston and DeGraw, have many holes to fill. What made their performance at the Big Apple so staggering was that DeGraw and many of the receivers will with the baseball team playing in the state championship. Rye may have other stars — we just don’t know them yet. The Garnets will be in the thick of things as long as their top players don’t get too beat up by a tough early-season schedule. Expect them back at Mahopac for the title game.
1 at Lakeland
3 at Sleepy Hollow
5 at Byram Hills