By MIKE SMITH
With an appearance in the Class A finals and a Section I passing record to his name, Rye senior Andrew Livingston had accomplished a lot in his three years under center for the Garnets. But coming into 2014, there was one thing that Livingston hadn’t managed to do; lead his team to a victory over the Harrison Huskies at home.
On Sept. 13, however, Livingston and the Garnets were able to best the Huskies at Nugent Stadium, winning the 84th installment of “The Game” 24-13.
Rye has now won nine of the last 10 meetings between the two schools, Harrison’s last win coming in 2012 against another Livingston-led team.
“This was definitely something we wanted to do for our home fans,” said Livingston after Saturday’s win.” Especially since they beat us here my sophomore year.”
Livingston threw for 161 yards and ran for 79 yards and a score against the Huskies, proving that the senior signal caller can get it done with his legs as well as his arm.
“I knew coming into the preseason that I might be running the ball a little more,” said Livingston. “So I was ready to get a lot more carries this year.”
Senior running back Cartier Johnson added two scores of his own on the day, and Livingston was able to spread the ball around against the Huskies defense, who came into the game looking to bottle up the quarterback’s favorite target in Tim DeGraw.
“We knew this year that teams would be looking to lock [DeGraw] up,” said Livingston. “But our other guys really stepped up and we’ve got guys like [Brett] Egan and [Drew] Abate who I think people will have to watch out for.”
The Garnets jumped out to a 14-0 lead against Harrison, but Harrison battled back late in the second quarter, utilizing a punishing rushing attack to march down the field and find the end zone on a Rashan Gilmore touchdown. After Christian LoDolce recovered a Garnet fumble in the second half, Huskies’ QB Joe Nannarriello hit Zach Evans for Harrison’s second score to cut Rye’s lead to 17-13.
It would be as close as the Huskies would come, however, as another Rye score would seal the deal.
With the win, Rye improved to 2-0 on the season. The Huskies—who showed much improvement this week—are still searching for their first win. Harrison will travel to Somers to take on the defending Class A champs on Sept. 19, while Rye will look to stay unbeaten against Sleepy Hollow the following day.
“I think this win shows that we can grind it out, that we’re tough,” said Livingston after the game. “We’re going to look to build on this.