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Connolly-to-LaCour Passes Ossining Over Rye

RYE, N.Y. – The passing combination of Brian Connolly to Sam LaCour connected for two long touchdowns between the steady raindrops Friday night as Ossining outlasted Rye 22-14 at Ossining High School.

“The first touchdown was a good pass, I got turned around and caught it backing up,” LaCour said. “After I got bumped I didn’t think I got through the two defenders, but I did. They are a good team. It’s a good win for us.”

Ossining (2-1) renewed it playoff  hopes, taking an early 8-0 lead and holding Rye’s offense scoreless in the first half before an exciting second half in which both teams made big scoring plays. Rye (0-3) lost its third straight game for the first time since 1982 and had its playoff hopes drenched.

The home team got the first of its two Connolly-to-LaCour big pass plays late in the second quarter when Donnelly found his receiver on the left flat with a pass. LaCour turned, was bumped by a Rye defender, caught the pass and raced 71 yards past two Garnets to give the O an 8-0 lead.

Running back Steve Candalaria carried the ball 18 times for 164 yards for Ossining; including an 83-yard sprint that gave the home team a 20-6 lead late in the third quarter. Justin Davidoff caught a Connolly pass for the two-point conversion and a 22-6 lead.

Neither team could sustain a scoring drive in the first half, but Ossining scored late in the first quarter when linebacker Steven Orts got the second of his two quarterback sacks, tackling Livingston in the Rye end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead.

“Our defense was the key because they held Rye in the first half,” Connolly said. “I found Sam for two big plays. The second one, he made two moves and I looked twice before finding him. But the defense did a great job.”

Ossining visits Sleepy Hollow next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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