RYE – Wait a minute.
The outcome was actually in doubt until Rye came up with a huge defensive stop and got some traction with the running game?
Andrew Livingston and Tim DeGraw had a hand in a 44-22 thumping of Nyack on Friday, too, but the Garnets sent a message they are not one-dimensional. They can move the ball on the ground. They can make a timely stop under pressure.
Rye’s Brett Egan (81) tries to get around Nyack’s Austin Cavazzi (4) after catching a first half pass during a boys football game at Rye High School Oct. 10, 2014.
The score was actually tied at the half.
“We really wanted to come out and make some plays,” said Livingston, who completed 17 of 20 attempts for 228 yards and three touchdowns. “We got motivated. It started on defense with a big stop and then we did a great job up front and got the running game started. Things opened up after that.”
And in a hurry.
“We played terribly for five minutes and the game got away from us,” Indians coach Mike Ramponi told his squad afterward.
It was 14-14 when the third quarter got under way, and Nyack had the ball with good field position after recovering a Garnets fumble. On fourth-and-three from the Rye 32, Mat Bruno and Patrick Hull sacked Indians quarterback James Norfleet.
It was a game-changing play.
The Garnets went 53 yards in six plays and went ahead 21-14 when Chase Pratt rumbled in from 11 yards away. Livingston threw just once in that series. There were suddenly holes to pick and choose from and they were exploited.
Rye (5-0) finished the game with more than 200 yards rushing.
A bad snap led to a Nyack turnover, and Livingston ran into the end zone four plays later. Brett Egan tacked on the extra point, making it 28-14.
The Indians (3-2) nearly fumbled the ball away again, but Norfleet scooped it up and took off, looking to make something happen. It wasn’t long before the Garnets tracked him down in the end zone for a safety. DeGraw returned the kick 60 yards, and Bruno ran for a 3-yard score with 3:24 to go in the third, providing a 37-14 cushion.
Adonis Alcime, who carried 21 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns, went 23 yards for a score to give Nyack a glimmer of hope, but Livingston hit DeGraw for an 11-yard touchdown early in the fourth.
“Andrew just knows where to find me,” said DeGraw, who had seven catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns. “When he scrambles, I run into open space, and he gets me the ball.”