Wildcats Pounce on First Two Opponents

The Rye Country Day football team is off to a hot start. They shut down Long Island Lutheran 6-0 in their home opener September 25, and beat St. Luke’s 18-12 at the team’s homecoming October 2.

With the departure of Brunswick from the Fairchester Athletic Association and a talented senior class across the board, the league is wide open. Jumping at the opportunity, the Wildcats are led by running backs Andrew Miller, a junior, and senior captain Sam Stern. The two so far have combined for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.

Rye Country Day’s defense stepped up against the highly-touted Long Island Lutheran rushing attack, holding them under 100 yards. Sam Stern had the only touchdown of the game, which came on a one-yard run. Head coach John Calandros gambled on a fourth and goal and Stern delivered.

According to senior captain Jake Heller, the poor offensive production was attributed to turnovers as “we marched down, then shot ourselves in the foot.”

“Luckily, the team’s strength is defense,” said Heller. “Chibuzee Nwakeze, Jamie Mazur, Michael Thomas, and Andrew Miller have all stepped up big.”

Against St Luke’s, Garrett Washington and Miller got the scoring started with a pair of nine-yard touchdown runs. St. Luke’s, however, responded in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns that swung the momentum. Miller stepped up to the challenge as he scored with two minutes left on a 22-yard run for the Wildcats. Washington then sealed the deal with an interception as Nwakeze nailed the quarterback to halt the Storm’s comeback.

Rye Country Day next squares off against rival Hackley (2-1) October 10.

– Andrew Farber


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