RYE & HARRISON
NEW YORK STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS
2007 Rye 19 Chengango Forks 12
2005 Rye 28 Chenango Forks 7
2004 Chenango Forks 48 Rye 0
2003Chenango Forks 16 Rye 0
2002 Harrison 22 Chenango Forks 21
1999 Harrison 28 Lackawanna 26
1998 Lackawanna 22 Harrison 18
1993 Caledonia-Mumford 38 Rye 19
THE EARLY YEARS
Residents and students of Rye and Harrison may believe that the rivalry has grown in intensity over the past few decades, but those who remember back to the first few years of this cross-town rivalry would respectfully disagree. Starting with a 13-7 Harrison victory in the 29 inaugural game, Harrison quickly captured the first four games by a combined score of 43-7. Rye's initial win in 33 was followed by "post-game hooliganism and fighting" (the Daily Item reported that estimated damages to the HHS goalposts were $17.79 a princely sum in 33), and resulted in a three-year suspension of the series allowing tempers to cool.
In the early years there were no team mascots. Instead teams were identified by their uniform colors, with Harrison called the "Maroon and White", and Rye becoming the unique "Garnet and Black". The trend toward animate objects representing teams began in the early 30s, when in 32 it was reported in the local press that Rye had a canine mascot named "Mac" while Harrison had a fierce goat patrolling its sideline.
Series play resumed in 37 with Harrison squeaking out a 6-0 win. In that year HHS students voted the "Husky" as its official mascot over all other candidates with the "Maroon Marauders" and "Red Raiders" finishing a distant second and third respectively. Over the years, the traditional "Garnet and Black" evolved into the distinctive nickname The Rye "Garnets".
Four straight Rye wins from 42 to 45 brought the Garnets one game shy of .500 with the series standing at 7-6-1, but a late spurt by Harrison stretched the Husky advantage out to 11-6-2 by 50.
RYE'S FABULOUS FIFTIES
Starting late in the 51 season, Rye embarked on an unusual journey covering four years and 33 straight victories. It also included four consecutive shutouts of the Huskies. As the widely anticipated 55 game approached, the ledger tallied 11-10-2 in favor of HHS with Rye eagerly looking to pull even for the first time in series history. Both teams were undefeated, and a crowd of 20,000 jammed the entire bowl at Rye Stadium after weather had twice postponed the game to its ultimate Thanksgiving Day clash. Rye led 12-0, but the Huskies scored to make it a 12-6 game as the clock wound down to its waning seconds. On the game's final snap Harrison scored on a flea-flicker and converted the extra-point stunning the Garnets and cracking the longest winning streak in Westchester football history.
Coach Ben Bedini's Garnets began another march toward destiny, when from 56-60 they again won 33 straight football games. They entered the final contest of the 60 season against Harrison with revenge for the 55 loss to the Huskies in their minds. Would history repeat itself with a Harrison upset or would the Garnets break through for a 34th straight win? It was dj vu all over again five years later on a cold November Saturday with both teams undefeated and a packed house at Harrison's Feeley Field. In a switch from the 55 game, Rye trailed 13-7 late in the 4th quarter as the Garnets drove to a first-and-ten at the Husky one-yard line. On fourth down and inches, Rye QB Wally Uhle, ran an option only to be stopped for no gain by Husky tackle Jimmy Pauline who knifed through a block by his Rye cousin Bobby Pauline to pull Uhle down inches short of pay dirt, breaking the Garnet's hearts once more and halting Rye's second, 33-game victory skein. To this day Rye's Bedini questions his play calling on that final sequence.
From 51 to 62, the Garnets dominated the series 10-2 and led the rivalry 16-13-2.
FRIEDGEN TO FREIDGEN
TROILO TO TROILO
Throughout the 60s and most of the 70s, the teams frequently played even with an unusual pattern of alternating road victories with home losses emerging. Epic battles between the Garnets and the Huskies matched the best Westchester football coaching minds of Harrison's Ralph Friedgen, Sr. and Art Troilo, Sr. against Rye's Ben Bedini and John Nugent. In what has become a familiar Harrison pattern, Ralph Friedgen, Jr. played quarterback for his father during the 62-64 seasons and went into coaching. Friedgen, former college roommate of this "Old Garnet", is presently the University of Maryland's head football coach.
Two of the most interesting back-to-back games occurred in 70 and 71. Rye squeaked out a 3-0 win on a 4th quarter, 29-yard field goal by Garnet place-kicker Bob Marx on his only attempt of the season. The following year the Huskies trapped Rye QB Mark Bockeloh in the Rye end zone for a safety and a 2-0 shutout win.
By 74 the historical series record was deadlocked at 20-20-3, but then the Huskies reeled off eight straight from '75 to '82 to surge into series control which they haven't relinquished since. That eight game skein is the longest in the rivalry's history. Repeating the Friedgen father-son tandem, during the '76-'77 seasons Art Troilo, Jr., Harrison's current head coach, excelled at tailback and established all-time Harrison rushing records that lasted for 25 years for his father and coach Art Troilo, Sr.
RYE'S EIGHTIES &
THE HUSKY NINETIES
Streaks characterize the rivalry and this era was no exception. From '83 to '90 the Garnets swept four in a row, lost one and then won two straight. The 90s were totally controlled by Harrison with a 9-1 domination.
The highlight of Rye's '83 conquest was Mike Goldstein's 4th quarter, 99-yard kick-off return for a score to cement the Garnets' upset and break Harrison's eight game win streak. The '85 game, played in driving sleet and snow, hinged in Rye's favor 7-0 with a Myles Lavelle to Vance Cassell touchdown pass sealing Rye's win.
Harrison's 6-0 victory in '87 was preserved as Rye fell short of the Husky goal line in the final minutes of play. This was to be repeated in 1991 when time ran out on Rye while on the Husky two-inch line with no time outs remaining and Harrison leading 6-0 in the rededication game in Rye's Nugent Stadium before a capacity crowd that included all former Rye football coaches and scores of Rye Garnet Football Alumni.
The '93 game once again proved that in this rivalry anything can happen and it often does! Decided underdogs to the undefeated, dominating Garnet juggernaught that had yielded only 21 points in the season's first six games, Harrison's David Beitler caught a "Hail Mary" desperation pass from replacement quarterback Rich Peperone with 2:24 remaining for a game-winning, 65-yard TD and a 10-6 Husky win. Rye followed this loss by running the table all the way to the first-ever New York State Class C Football Championship Game in the Syracuse University Carrier Dome. The Garnets fell short, losing 38-19 to Caledonia-Mumford High School from the Rochester area, and finished the campaign second in NY State Class C. "Going to States" would become another common thread in Rye Harrison lore in the years to come.
In the '96 classic, undefeated Harrison fell to the underdog Garnets 7-0 as Will Elmore's 2nd quarter touchdown pass to Phon Ampha was Rye's thin victory margin in the Garnets' only win of the 90s while at the same time breaking the Huskies' six straight years of domination. A game-saving tackle of Husky tailback Ralph Saldiveri by Dan Moreira preserved Rye's tenuous lead.
The Huskies totally commanded the '97, '98 and '99 contests by a combined score of 118-14, led primarily by the emergence of tailback Sammy Maldonado. At the close of his Husky career, Maldonado held many Section One and New York State all-time rushing records. Maldonado would benefit further from the Harrison football tradition while playing for Husky alumni Ralph Friedgen, Jr. at Maryland from '03-'04. From '75 to '99 Harrison controlled the series by an astounding 18-7-0 (.720) margin. To close out the century, Harrison defeated Western New York's Regional and reigning Class B champion, Lackawanna High School, to capture the '99 NY State Class B crown.
IT'S ANYONE'S GUESS
(2000 - ????)
The 21st Century dawned with the Rye Harrison game scheduled to kick-off the 00 season for both squads. This uncharacteristic scheduling pattern was repeated in '01 marking the first years since 37 that this "War Between Neighbors" was played on other than the final Saturday of the regular season. Such scheduling treatment was necessitated by the disparate student populations of the larger HHS (Class B) and the significantly smaller RHS (Class C).
The Garnets and Huskies alternated triumphs in '00 and '01, and in the '02 campaign, another "rivalry first" occurred. These cross-town adversaries played each other TWICE once in the regular season and then a rematch in the Class B Sectional Semi-Final. Both games were played in Harrison with the Huskies sweeping. This "Double Jeopardy" concept returned in 03 and was perfectly symmetrical for Rye as the home Garnets turned the tables by capturing both the regular season battle and the sectional playoff skirmish.
In '02 the Huskies advanced through the sectionals and regionals to defeat Binghamton area Chenango Forks High School in the NY State Class B Championship Game to claim their second state title ('99 & '02). Like the '02 Huskies, the '03 Garnets steamrolled through the sectionals and regionals to face Chenango Forks, the Huskies' 2002 foe, in the same game one year later. Unluckily, Rye did not duplicate Harrison's '02 championship and the Garnets garnered their second NY State second-place finish since the onset of state tournament play ('93 & '03). Think about the odds of both Rye and Harrison playing the same upstate opponent in consecutive years for the NYS Class B Football Championship.
By '04 Harrison's student population moved the Huskies to Class A, and Rye's brought the Garnets up to Class B. However to the chagrin of the locals, the Rye Harrison Game was not scheduled in '04. Section One's Class B Football Committee denied Rye's request for a scheduling accommodation to retain the annual Rye Harrison classic. The Section One Executive Committee and the Executive Director of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association each denied the joint Rye Harrison appeals, and the rivalry fell eerily silent in '04. Nonetheless, Rye again advanced to the NY State Class B Championship Game against Chenango Forks, placing second in NY State for the third time in twelve years ('93, '03 & '04).
Rekindling the rivalry in '05 when the scheduling gurus recognized the errors of their ways, the Garnets and Huskies met in the 75th Diamond Anniversary Game with Rye controlling the action by a 14-0 score and a third win in a row.
In what has been described as an ?instant classic? the?06 contest stretched Rye?s win streak over the Huskies to four following a razor thin 19-8 victory. The Journal News headlines shrilled ?Surreal Shocker? as New York State?s #1 Class B team (rye) bested New York States #1 Class A team (Harrison) by a point in a game featuring six TD?s but only one extra-point conversion, thus providing Rye with the margin of victory. Only one other Garnet/Husky tilt of the previous 75 was decided by a singleton ? that being in 1955 when Harrison cratered the Garnets 33-game win streak by a 13-12 score.
The historical record after 76 scuffles now stands at 41-32-3 (.562) in favor of the Pups. May the deep tradition and respectful sportsmanship exhibited in past Rye-Harrison encounters be present in the '06 renewal of "Section One's Most Storied Football Rivalry Game".