My story on a good end to a bad week for Harrison:
HARRISON — After practice Thursday night, Harrison assembled as a team, threw on its jerseys and attended the wake of Art Troilo Sr. en masse. Their coach, Art Jr., had been absent much of the week after the passing of his father, a popular former football coach, athletic director and community staple, so the team he and his father have loved so much came to him.
The Huskies gave their best for Troilo and his family again on Saturday, shedding some rust after a substandard first half and ending a challenging week with a 35-24 victory over Brewster in both teams’ season opener.
“We really wanted to get this for Coach Troilo, his mother (Karen) and the whole Troilo family,” said sophomore Brendan Pyne after his debut as the team’s starting quarterback. “It was great that we were able to come back in the second half.”
“We had a bad week. I had a bad week,” said Troilo, who was hired as the coach by Art Sr. 28 years ago. “I don’t think I did a very good job preparing us to play. I just think the kids stepped up for me.”
The top-ranked team in The Journal News Class A poll needed to muster a rally after two Brewster touchdowns in the second quarter had the Huskies trailing 12-6 at the break. Senior running backs Jake Marino and Mike Amicucci exploded behind a physical offensive line that slowly wore the Bears down.
Marino rushed for 155 yards and two scores and Amicucci added 90 yards rushing, two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversion runs. Marino provided the splashiest plays, including a 34-yarder to set up a score during Harrison’s 29-point second half.
“We all came together,” Marino said. “We didn’t play well. We have to fix a few minor things and we should be a dominant team later in the season.”
If that proves true, expect Brewster to contend for a playoff berth, too. The Bears slowed down late, but they threw the ball at will. Senior Liam DaRos, the new starting quarterback, went 15 for 21 for 167 yards and four touchdowns, including two to junior Kyle Catalano.
DaRos hit junior Joe Buonadonna on a fourth-and-goal from the 21 for a second-quarter score. He has now thrown eight touchdowns on just 28 varsity passes.
“I’m happy with what we’ve got,” Brewster coach Ed Mulvihill said. “They’re a great team. They’re No. 1 and they should be. We did lose — and they beat us — but I think there are a lot of good things here.”