By MIKE SMITH
There were plenty of reasons for Rye fans to celebrate on Sept. 27, not the least of which was the Garnet football team’s 58-14 thrashing of the Ossining Pride. The home game also served as a reminder of the power of the Rye community to rally around its student athletes as the new Garnets scoreboard was unveiled in the southeast end zone of Nugent Stadium.
The campaign to erect a new scoreboard began in earnest over the summer, when Rye alumni partnered with Rye parents to raise the funds to put the new board in place. Overall, the New Scoreboard Committee raised approximately $45,000 for the new piece, which was officially unveiled with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at halftime of the Garnets home game on Friday night.
“You’re always a little nervous, but, from the word go we had enormous support behind this,” Ted Livingston, one of the many volunteers who dedicated himself to the procuring a new scoreboard, said. “I think a big reason for that is because this wasn’t benefitting just one sports team, but everyone.”
Initially, fundraisers hoped to have the scoreboard in place for the football team’s opening game on Sept. 7, but the project wasn’t completed until the week of Sept. 9.
The Garnet football team certainly tested the new scoreboard’s limits on Friday night, hanging a gaudy 58 points on the previously unbeaten Pride in a true statement game. The Garnets tallied 471 yards of offense on the day behind a 190-yard rushing performance from Shane O’Malley. Quarterback Andrew Livingston was impressive as well, throwing for 190 yards and a touchdown. The Garnet defense shut down vaunted Ossining quarterback Justin Davidov, limiting the Pride to just 83 yards of total offense on the night.
But just as Rye’s win over was Ossining a testament to teamwork, so too was the endeavor to replace the Rye scoreboard.
“This was a collaborative effort and there were so many people involved,” Livingston said. “We’ve been in the community for 20 years, and this community always rises to the occasion when people or the school is in need. Everyone has been so generous.”
Though the scoreboard is up and running, there are still adjustments to be made, Livingston said. In the next few weeks, a crew will touch-up the bolded Rye Garnets signage at the top of the scoreboard in order to make the team name more visible to fans.