Tappan Zee routs rival Pearl River in Orange Bowl, 25-7

Tappan Zee routs rival Pearl River in Orange Bowl, 25-7

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Tappan Zee routs rival Pearl River in Orange Bowl, 25-7

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Tappan Zee players hoist the Orange Bowl trophy after their 25-7 win over Pearl River at Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg on Friday, September 23, 2016.

Tappan Zee players hoist the Orange Bowl trophy after their 25-7 win over Pearl River at Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg on Friday, September 23, 2016.

Tappan Zee's Nick Violetto (1) gets the carry during football action at Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg on Friday, September 23, 2016. Tappan Zee won 25-7.

Tappan Zee’s Nick Violetto (1) gets the carry during football action at Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg on Friday, September 23, 2016. Tappan Zee won 25-7.

ORANGEBURG – Tappan Zee came prepared Friday night, in every way.

The football team came prepared to take care of business against Pearl River, and executed its plan in a 25-7 win. The Dutchmen student fans, better known as “The Red Sea,” came prepared with enough baby powder to toss in the air after every one of Tappan Zee’s four touchdowns.

The scene appeared to be something between a LeBron James pregame ritual and an unattended toddler getting into the bathroom cupboard, with clouds of white blanketing the bleachers of Joseph Hickey Memorial Field at Tappan Zee High School.

Tappan Zee's Tommy McGivney catches a touchdown pass during Friday night's game against Pearl River at Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg. Tappan Zee won 25-7.

Tappan Zee’s Tommy McGivney catches a touchdown pass during Friday night’s game against Pearl River at Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg. Tappan Zee won 25-7.

Students had plenty to celebrate while watching their classmates eviscerate their crosstown rivals in the 32nd annual playing of the Orange Bowl. It marked the first time since 2013 that the Orange Bowl trophy was in Tappan Zee’s possession. The Dutchmen narrowed the all-time series record to 16-15-1 with its victory, thanks in large part to quarterback Henry Garrison.

The senior connected with his receivers for three touchdown passes — two of which found the welcoming arms of a wide-open Tommy McGivney, who scored on receptions of 35 and 45 yards. Garrison also hit Matt Kraemer for a 7-yard touchdown pass.

“We had it marked in our weight room — everyday in the offseason, we would tap it,” Garrison said of the Pearl River game on the team’s schedule. “We just always said, ‘Pearl River, this year: We’re winning. We are not losing again to Pearl River.’ “

Tappan Zee's Nick Violetto stiff-arms Pearl River's James McKiernan during Friday night's game at Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg. Tappan Zee won 25-7.

Tappan Zee’s Nick Violetto stiff-arms Pearl River’s James McKiernan during Friday night’s game at Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg. Tappan Zee won 25-7.

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Kevin Dennehy scored the lone rushing touchdown for the Dutchmen, trotting in from 5 yards out in the first quarter. Kevin Scrima scored the only touchdown for Pearl River, rushing in from 6 yards out in the second quarter. Pearl River was gaining momentum in the third quarter before Tappan Zee delivered a jab in the form of Kraemer’s touchdown reception, and the knockout blow with McGivney’s second score of the game.

Player of the game – Henry Garrison, Tappan Zee: The senior quarterback threw three touchdown passes, including two to Tommy McGivney.

Turning point – McGivney’s second touchdown reception of the game, midway through the third quarter, put the score at 25-7 and took a significant amount of wind out of Pearl River’s sails.

Quotable – “In my 11 years, we’ve not been a rah-rah! hoot and holler, crazed type of group, but you see a little extra pep in their step.” – Tappan Zee head coach Andy DiDomenico, on facing Pearl River

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