EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Jack Hassleman is establishing himself as Andrew Livingston’s go-to receiver when the Rye quarterback throws the ball.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Hasselman was instrumental in Rye’s offense erupting in a 35-13 win against Eastchester in a Section 1 Class A football game Saturday.
Hasselman caught a game-high six passes for 67 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown on an outstanding individual effort just before halftime.
“We had a really good week of practice,” Hasselman said. “We really solidified the relationship between the receivers and Andrew this week.”
Hasselman asserted himself during Rye’s 13-play, 92-yard drive just before halftime. Hassleman collected four of his sixth catches during the drive. His 26-yarder set up his touchdown.
“They were playing further off the line than we expected so that enabled me to run some underneath patterns,” Hasselman said. “I was also able to run some patterns behind their linebackers because they were not dropping. I was fortunate enough to catch the passes that came my way.”
Hassleman ran a crossing pattern on his touchdown. Livingston connected with Hasselman at the Eastchester 4-yard line. He was hit, but the big receiver dragged the tacklers into the end zone.
“The linebacker never picked me up,” Hasselman said. “Once I felt contact, I just kept my legs moving. When I looked up, I saw the ref staring at me with his arms in the air.”
Hasselman said he enjoys the offense’s balance.
“I definitely feel lucky to have Andrew as our quarterback,” Hasselman said. “He has a great arm and zips the ball in to us.”