Morning Round-up: Rye football gets back to winning ways

Six days after suffering their first loss since 2006, Rye’s football team exorcised their demons from the week before in 28-6 win at home against Sleepy Hollow. The feeling in the air at Nugent Stadium was business as usual, as the Garnets attacked early in the first quarter. On a 4th and 4 play, Rye’s Brendan Nagle annihilated the Sleepy quarterback on a sack that forced a turnover on downs. From there, quarterback Connor Eck and Brian Pickup hooked up on a pair of passes, including an 18-yard touchdown strike 4:49 into the game. In the pocket, Eck was like a ship’s captain in a raging storm. He was pressured on both sides by lunging Horsemen defenders, but did not flinch as he unleashed a perfect throw.

On the ensuing drive, TJ Storino — always one of my favorite players to watch — intercepted a pass going back  on a 3rd and 17 play and set the offense up with a 1st and 10 at Sleepy’s 22 yard line. After a 14-yard jaunt by Cole McCormack on first down, Nagle cashed in three plays later to put Rye up 14-0. The Garnets added another first half touchdown with 5:34 left in the second quarter when Eck hit Storino perfectly in stride for a 22-yard touchdown pass.

Pickup scored Rye’s second half touchdown when he recovered a Sleepy fumble and returned it 10 yards for paydirt.  It was the second fumble Pickup recovered. The first came late in the first half with the Horsemen threatening. Nagle snuffed out any chance of that however, when he hammered the quarterback and knocked the ball loose. Gunther Kempin also forced a turnover when he intercepted a pass.

Check back in a few days for more on this game in a Rye football feature story, which will also be included in the Friday, October 9 edition of The Rye Record.

In other action …

The Rye girls’ soccer team — the No. 6 ranked school in the United States (!) — throttled Port Chester on the road, 6-1. For those keepigng score at home, that’s now a 14-game unbeaten streak dating back to last season while outscoring opponents 36-4 during the span.

Rye’s field hockey team defeated Somers on the road, 4-0. Emma Brinkman had a had trick for the Garnets, who have now won five straight games.

At Rye Neck, the Panthers’ field hockey played a strong defensive game against Pleasantville. Although Rye Neck  dropped a 2-0 decision, both goals came with six minutes left in the game. Kudos to outstanding play from freshman goalie Elene Hurlbut, who made her mark with a jaw-dropping 21 saves in the game.  Also, the Panthers received great defensive play from sophomore Tessa Goode, juniors Olivia Meyers and Claire Behar, and senior captain Carissa Rose Devito.

At King, Holy Child’s field hockey team dueled to a 1-1 tie. Jillian Murphy scored the Gryphons goal in the second half, and was assisted by Catherine Ann Gray. Bridget Cooney made three saves for Holy Child.

Rye Neck’s girls’ soccer team lost to Pleasantville on the road, 2-0.

In girls’ tennis, Rye Country Day fell to Fieldston on the road 3-2. It was their first loss of the young season.

Rye’s boys’ soccer team recorded their fourth tie of the year, as they battled Byram Hills to a 1-1 draw after overtime on the road.

And one day after a thrilling comeback victory, Rye Neck’s volleyball team rode into Pleasantville and swept their opponents 3-0.

ON TAP THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY

Rye High School
Field Hockey @ Non-Region Opponent, Noon
Girls’ Soccer vs. Harrison, 7 (Melanie will be there)

Rye Neck High School
Boys’ Soccer @ Westlake, 11
Football @ Lincoln Hall, 1:30 (I’ll be there)

Rye Country Day School
Football vs. St. Luke’s, 1
Girls’ Soccer vs. Fieldston, 1 (A reporter will be there)
Boys’ Soccer @ Cheshire Academy, 1
Cross-Country @ Cheshire Academy, 3:15

School of the Holy Child
No Games Scheduled

SUNDAY

Rye High School
No Games Scheduled

Rye Neck High School
Boys’ Soccer @ Irvington HS Tournament, 1

Rye Country Day School
No Games Scheduled

School of the Holy Child
No Games Scheduled

TEAM RECORDS (W-L-T)

Rye High School
Football (3-1)
Field Hockey (5-1-1)
Boys’ Soccer (4-1-4)
Girls’ Soccer (8-0-1)
Girls’ Swim & Dive (4-0)
Volleyball (6-3)
Girls’ Tennis (4-4)
Boys’ X-C (6-1)
Girls’ X-C (6-0)

Rye Neck High School
Football (1-2)
Field Hockey (2-5)
Boys’ Soccer (4-3)
Girls’ Soccer (3-3-1)
Volleyball (6-4)
Girls’ Tennis (7-2)
Boys’ X-C (5-3)
Girls’ X-C (4-3)

Rye Country Day School
Football (1-1)
Field Hockey (2-0)
Boys’ Soccer (1-1-1)
Girls’ Soccer (2-3)
Girls’ Tennis (3-1)
Boys’ X-C (1-1)
Girls’ X-C (1-2)

School of the Holy Child
Field Hockey (4-1-2)
Soccer (2-4-1)
Volleyball (1-4)
X-C (5-3)

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