HARRISON — The scoreboard count kept climbing at Harrison’s first two games: 35 points against Brewster, then 42 against Pearl River in a matchup that took two days to complete because of a weather-related suspension.
But the unbeaten Huskies also surrendered a combined count of 45 points along the way.
The defense for Class A’s top-ranked team tightened considerably against Tappan Zee Friday night, yielding just 103 yards. Harrison also rolled up 330 yards on the way to a 21-0 victory.
“We played great defense,” coach Art Troilo Jr. said. “ … The kids got up tonight, which was really gratifying.”
Senior running back Jake Marino ran 11 times for 125 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Brendan Pyne ran 11 times for 91 yards and threw for a score. And junior fullback/cornerback Rashan Gilmore ran for a touchdown, caught a pass for a touchdown and made an interception.
“We needed more intensity because we were playing not like us defensively,” Gilmore said. “We were getting tired. We had a team meeting after that Pearl River game, and we decided that we needed to step up as a team overall and everyone needed to do their jobs. And that’s what we’re doing now.”
An errant direct snap by the single-wing Dutchmen in the second quarter was recovered by the Huskies’ John Abadir just 2½ yards from the goal line. Two plays later, Gilmore burst in from the 2.
“That’s a tough spot to be in for any team,” Tappan Zee coach Andy DiDomenico said. “But let’s be honest. If we’re not moving the ball, it doesn’t really matter.”
After an ensuing three-and-out, Harrison moved 72 yards in nine plays. Marino got to the right sideline with a handoff and raced in for a 14-yard score.
Then in the third quarter, the Huskies had second-and-three at the Tappan Zee 23. Pyne rolled left, threw short and Gilmore did the rest, making a nice move at the 5 to get into the end zone.
“Harrison is No. 9 in the state for a reason,” DiDomenico said after his team had dropped to 2-1. “It was a clinic.”