Andrew Livingston passd for 161 yards and ran for 79, Cartier Johnson rushed for two TDs and Tim DeGraw made a couple of key defensive plays as Rye defeated Harrison 24-13 in the annual rivalry game.
- Seniors Andrew Livingston, Cartier Johnson and Tim DeGraw had big games as Rye topped Harrison 24-13
RYE – He may be known as Rye's four-year, strong-armed, Brown-bound quarterback.
But on Saturday, a full house-plus of fans assembled for the famed Rye-Harrison football game saw once again that Andrew Livingston can do it all.
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Livingston passed for 161 yards, ran for 79, punted and added a field goal as Rye won the annual rivalry game 24-13.
The game, whose end was followed by Rye players taking a brook plunge, was closer than anticipated.
After Christian LoDolce's fumble recovery put Harrison on the Rye 22 late in the third quarter, Rye deflected a pass from QB Joe Nannariello into the Huskies' Zach Evans' hands for a 21-yard score that cut the Garnets' lead to 17-13.
It wasn't until Tim DeGraw denied a Nannariello 35-yard pass attempt to Mike Salvatori at the goal line on fourth down with 5:29 left that the Garnets knew the game everyone circles on the calendar was theirs.
Rye players celebrate their 24-13 victory over Harrison with a jump in the river that runs along side the field at Rye High School Sept. 13, 2014. (Video by Frank Becerra Jr/The Journal News)
"This is Rye-Harrison. It's what we grow up working for," Livingston said. "We just wanted to play our hearts out. It's so important to the community."
Rye led 17-7 at the half.
After Livingston's 8-yard scamper to the Huskies half-yard line, the senior, who is not known for his running, took it in with 5:36 left in the first quarter.
Nannariello had no first-half passing yards. DeGraw intercepted Nannariello at the Harrison 48 and ran it down to the 27, setting up the Garnets' second score, a Cartier Johnson 10-yard run late in the first quarter.
Drew Abate's second PAT made it 14-0 Rye. But Harrison cut that in half with a 13-play drive that began after Livingston's 39-yard punt rolled to the Harrison 14.
Rashan Gilmore slashed his way for 59 yards on the drive, his 6-yard TD run coming on a fourth-and-one with four minutes left in the half.
Livingston subsequently hit Brett Egan with a 37-yard strike to the Harrison 1. But after a penalty and a sack, the Garnets settled for Livingston's 24-yard field goal.
Rye's final score came with 11:20 left as Johnson ran in from 5 yards out.
DeGraw caught two passes for 27 yards but was happier with his goal-line play.
"Senior year, Rye-Harrison, I wouldn't want anything else," the brook-soaked DeGraw said.