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The OG: History of THE GAME: RYE’S FABULOUS FIFTIES – (‘51-‘62)

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The OG has assembled a history of "THE GAME" – the Rye Harrison football rivalry which kicks off its 85th year Saturday, October 10th with kick-off is slated for 11:00am at Harrison High's McGuillicuddy Field.

By The Old Garnet

THE RYE – HARRISON RIVALRY THROUGH THE YEARS – (‘29-‘14)

WESTCHESTER’S PREMIER HIGH SCHOOL RIVALRY 85th EDITION – October 10, 2015

RYE’S FABULOUS FIFTIES – (‘51-‘62)

Starting late in the ‘51 season, Rye embarked on an unusual journey covering 4 years and 33 straight victories including 4 consecutive shutouts of the Huskies.  As the widely anticipated ‘55 game approached, the ledger tallied 11-10-2 in favor of HHS with Rye eagerly expecting to knot the record for the 1st time in series history.  Both teams were undefeated, and a crowd of 20,000 jammed the entire bowl at Rye Stadium after weather had twice postponed the game to its ultimate Thanksgiving Day clash.  Rye led 12-0, but the Huskies scored to make it a 12-6 game as the clock wound down to its waning seconds.  On the game’s final snap Harrison scored on a flea-flicker and converted the extra-point stunning the Garnets and cracking the longest winning streak in Westchester football history.

Coach Ben Bedini’s Garnets began another march toward destiny, when from ‘56-‘60 they again won 33 straight.  Entering the final contest of the ‘60 season would history repeat itself with a Harrison upset or would the Garnets finally break through for a 34th straight win?  It was déjà vu all over again when on a cold November Saturday two undefeated teams waged battle before a packed house at Harrison’s Feeley Field.  In a teasing switch from the ‘55 game, Rye trailed 13-7 late in the 4th quarter as the Garnets drove to a 1st and goal at the Husky 1-yard line.  On 4th down and inches, Rye ran a QB option only to be stopped for no gain by Husky tackle Jimmy Pauline who knifed through a block by his Rye cousin Bobby Pauline to stop Rye inches short of pay dirt, breaking the Garnet’s hearts once more and halting Rye’s second, 33-game victory skein.  For decades Rye’s Bedini questioned his play calling on that final drive.

From ‘51 to ‘62, Rye dominated 10-2 and finally led the rivalry 16-13-2 following the ‘62 season.

Monday: FRIEDGEN TO FREIDGEN & TROILO TO TROILO – (‘62-‘82)

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