A valiant comeback effort was snuffed out one inch short of the end zone Saturday in Eastchester, as the Eagles defeated Rye’s football team 13-7. The loss was the Garnets’ first since 2006, and marked the end of their 27-game winning streak and 59 consecutive victories against Section 1 opponents.
Quarterback Connor Eck comes up just shy of paydirt
The contest emanated shades of the Albany Academy State semifinal game in 2006, the last time Rye had lost. Like in that match up, the Garnets trailed the entire way and failed to put points on the board until desperation kicked in. Rye cut the lead to 13-7 with 6:17 left in the fourth on a 7-yard jaunt into the end zone by Cole McCormack, and then forced the Eastchester offense to go three and out.
Quarterback Connor Eck took over from Rye’s 37 with just over three minutes left, and drove the Garnets to the Eastchester 6 in 11 plays. With little over a minute left and Rye set up with a first and goal, it looked like an Eastchester implosion was inevitable. But McCormack runs on first, second, and third down only got Rye to the 2-yard line.
That set up the climactic, fourth and goal finish. With 15 seconds left on the clock, Eck dashed up the middle on a QB keeper and lunged for the end zone. Eastchester’s defenders met him at the precipice however, and stopped the gutsy junior from tying the game.
The outcome of the thrilling game kept Eastchester undefeated at 3-0, and knocked Rye down to 2-1. The Garnets will look to begin a new streak this Friday at Nugent Stadium against Sleepy Hollow.