Nanuet senior running back Dan Breit knew the stakes going into the Little Brown Jug game at home against Pearl River Saturday.
Pearl River had won the last two meetings.
"We had to get it back or I'd hear about it for the rest of my life," Breit said.
Breit made sure that did not happen, powering for 154 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries as Nanuet defeated Pearl River, 15-13.
"We were able to get a strong push on the line," Nanuet Head Coach Phil Carbone said. "It wasn't just one guy. It was a unit."
Nanuet was able to run the ball all game while taking the run away from Pearl River and pressuring Pirates quarterback Chris Van Houten.
"They beat us on the line of scrimmage, which is unfortunate," Pearl River Head Coach Jeff Michael said.
Nanuet led, 15-0, early in the third quarter after Cody Fitzgerald's one-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion run by Breit, who accounted for most of the scoring drive with runs of 30 and 35 yards.
Van Houten threw touchdown passes of one yard to Patrick Gannon and nine yards to Shane Ocasal to pull within two with 2:40 remaining in the game. Brendan McKeever recovered the on-side kick for Nanuet and the Golden Knights ran out the clock.
Editor's note: Check back with later with Patch for much more on the Little Brown Jug game.
FINAL SCORE: Nanuet 15, Pearl River 13
Nanuet Leads 15-6 late in the third quarter
Nanuet Leads 7-0 at the half
At the end of the first quarter, Nanuet leads 7-0 on a Dan Breit Touchdown. Nanuet quarterback Ryan Hanney will not play.
The Pirates won the Little Brown Jug with a victory at Nanuet in 2010, ending a streak of 14 victories by the Golden Knights, and kept it with a 25-12 win at home last year.
Pearl River and the Little Brown Jug will make the trip to Nanuet for this year's meeting of the neighborhood rivalry 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Both teams enter Saturday's game 1-1 and both have very different lineups from the ones that faced off a year ago.
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Battle for the Little Brown Jug
- Game: Pearl River (1-1) at Nanuet (1-1)
- When, Where: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Nanuet High School
- Pearl River 2012 game results: Lost to Rye, 28-13; Defeated Yonkers, 28-0
- Nanuet 2012 game results: Defeated Putnam Valley, 12-0; Lost to Lourdes, 41-13
- Series: Nanuet leads, 30-15-1
- Last year's result: Pearl River won, 25-12