Huskies bounce back

By MIKE SMITH

On Oct. 5, Harrison’s football team bounced back from a down week in a big way, pulverizing an outmatched Saunders squad 47-17 in a game that was effectively over by the half.

The win puts Harrison at 4-1 on the season as the Huskies look to close out their regular season

Jake Marino runs for his first touchdown on Oct. 5 against Saunders. Marino would finish the day with three scores on just six carries.

Jake Marino runs for his first touchdown on Oct. 5 against Saunders. Marino would finish the day with three scores on just six carries.

campaign on a strong note.

Just one week ago, Harrison—thought by many to be the top Class A team in Section I this year—suffered an upset loss at the hands of Horace Greeley, falling to the unheralded Quakers 25-15. That loss, it seemed, lit a fire underneath Harrison as they prepared to do battle with the Blue Devils on Oct. 5.

“We knew we had to come out strong against Saunders,” said running back Jake Marino. “We had to treat this as if they were an undefeated team.”

Harrison came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, scoring on their second play from scrimmage, a 50-yard run by Marino. Marino would finish with 156 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries.

Michael Dragone dives for a tackle on Oct. 5. Harrison’s first-string defense was tremendous against the Blue Devils but will face a stiffer test in week six.

Michael Dragone dives for a tackle on Oct. 5. Harrison’s first-string defense was tremendous against the Blue Devils but will face a stiffer test in week six.

“The offensive line did a great job,” said the senior halfback. “Those were absolutely huge holes.”

Rashan Gilmore also found the end zone with a 22-yard scamper to help Harrison build up a 41-0 lead at the half, allowing Harrison’s second-stringers to get some valuable playing time as the postseason looms.

Harrison fans hope that the momentum from Saturday’s game will carry over into their matchup on Oct. 11 when they take on a tough Yorktown team coming off a convincing win of their own. On Saturday, Yorktown buried the same Greeley team that shocked Harrison, beating the Quakers 42-14, thanks in part to the return of standout running back Erik Meyerles who was back in  the lineup last week after suffering a broken foot on Sept. 7.

“We know that Yorktown is a good team,” said Marino. “They beat Greeley by a lot, so we know this coming in.”

James Carducci returns a punt against the Blue Devils. By halftime, Harrison had built up a 41-0 lead.

James Carducci returns a punt against the Blue Devils. By halftime, Harrison had built up a 41-0 lead.

As of press time, although the Horace Greeley loss proved a blow to Harrison’s playoff hopes, the Huskies are still in the postseason mix. Adjusting for strength of schedule, the 4-1 Huskies currently hold the three-seed in Class A League 1, ahead of both Yorktown and John Jay on the playoff index that determines the seeding. A win over the Huskers could go a long way towards ensuring the Huskies will be playing past their season-finale against undefeated Rye.

“This Yorktown game is a must-win,” said Marino. “If we want to make the playoffs and get a good seed, we have to win this game.”

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Brendan Pyne looks for an open man against the Blue Devils. Harrison will look to stay hot against Yorktown on Oct. 11. Photos/Mike Smith

Brendan Pyne looks for an open man against the Blue Devils. Harrison will look to stay hot against Yorktown on Oct. 11. Photos/Mike Smith

 
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About Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been with Hometown Media Group since 2007, serving as the company’s Sports Editor. Mike has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world. He resides in Eastchester, N.Y. and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. Reach Mike at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.