The opening week of football is just so unpredictable. Even with just two games Sunday, that unpredictability reared its head again.
Sunday’s games —
Irvington 14, Nanuet 6
Rye Country Day 26, Edgemont 7
Game recaps —
(from staff reports)
Irvington 14, Nanuet 6: Irvington’s 14-6 win over Nanuet Sunday didn’t come from being the biggest, fastest or most talented according to head coach Mike Oliva. “Our strategy was to keep it simple on both sides of the ball,” Oliva said. “They knew their assignments, when it comes down to it they executed.”
Nick D’Arrigo and Andrew Brennan each scored a touchdown for the Bulldogs, who combined for a team total of 113 rushing yards. For Oliva decision making and clock management were major reasons for the team’s win in the season opener.
“Our defense got them out of what they wanted to do,” Oliva said. “They have some big boys who really wanted to pound the football, which is expected because that¹s what football is about. I really have to credit our defense for being able to get them out of that.”
The Bulldogs will face Lourdes next. “There is no rest for us, because we probably have the toughest team coming up,” Oliva added.
Nanuet coach Phil Carbone commended the opponent, crediting the Bulldogs for the way they ran their X’s and O’s.
“Irvington was a little bit more experienced,” Carbone said. “We have two returnees on both sides of the ball. The game was tight, but they capitalized on their ability and they were prepared.”
Shaun Celestin scored for the Golden Knights after a reception on a 30-yard pass from Matt Carney.
Rye Country Day 26, Edgemont 7: At Edgemont, Rye Country Day’s Christian Tankey ran the ball 17 times for 135 yards and scored a touchdown. Teammate Tyler Miller added 13 carries for 105 yards, had a pair of touchdowns (one on the ground and in the air), had nine tackles and a forced fumble on defense. Chris Kim scored from six yards out with a minute to go in the game for Edgemont.