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Horsemen Host Pride in Local Football Rivalry

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Sleepy Hollow renews its longtime local football rivalry with northern neighbor Ossining when the Horsemen host the Pride on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Doc Rasbeck Field.

The Horsemen (2-1), whose only loss is a 21-20 setback to Pelham on opening day, had a contingent of players on the visiting sideline Friday night when the Pride (2-1) upset visiting Rye. Sleepy then shut out Saunders of Yonkers 27-0 Monday.

The Horsemen got offense from L.J. Garrant at running back and as a receiver in last week’s win. Garrant caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Vallo and dove in from the two-yard line for another touchdown.

"I expect a great, high-scoring game, and for it to go down to the wire," Vallo said. "It's a huge game for both teams, so I'm expecting four great quarters of football since both teams are going to come out ready to go since this game is only played every once in a while, It'll just come down to who makes less mistakes and who wants it more.”

Dionel Infante ran 20 yards for another score and Steve Bencosme rushed 10 yards for a touchdown to help lift the Horsemen. Darien James is a threat at wide receiver where he had 102 yards in receptions two weeks ago.

Placekicker Jake Warren made three of four point-after kicks for Sleepy.

Ossining’s defense held Rye’s offense down in a 22-14 victory last Friday night and Pride quarterback Brian Connolly and his prime receiver Sam LaCour teamed up for long touchdowns of 71 and 72 yards. Ossining running back Steve Candalaria piled up 164 yards, including an 83-yard scoring dash for the revived Pride offense.

The local matchup will feature a performance by the Sleepy Hollow Pep Band, under the direction of Micah Sprague, who will be in attendance and for this special occasion. Sprague, who is the Sleepy Hollow Middle School and High School Band Director as well as the Treasurer of the Westchester County Music Association, has extended an invitation to all alumni to come to the game and play with the Pep Band.

The Route 9 Rivalry should attract a big crowd and a produce a close game.

Will the Horsemen beat the Pride this Saturday and are going to be there?

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