Indians shut out Gloversville in postseason rematch

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

The quarterback awaits the snap in the second quarter of the Indians’ 36-0 victory against Gloversville. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The Indians shut out the Gloversville Huskies in a Friday night rematch of last year’s Class B semifinal game.

The Indians’ 36-0 victory was the second time in three weeks the team shut out Gloversville. On Oct. 21, the hometown team defeated their Class B rivals 48-0.

The team has a five-game winning streak going into the postseason, with an 8-2 overall record this season and a 7-1 in-league record.

The Indians came out of the gate strong Friday night under the lights, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. Neither team scored in a quiet second quarter, but after the halftime break RCS picked up another 8 points in the third and two more touchdowns in the fourth for a final score of 36-0.

The Indians first got on the board with a touchdown halfway through the first quarter and made the extra point.

Fans packed into the high school bleachers to watch the hometown team rack up another victory, this time in the postseason Class B semifinals. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

The team’s second score came when the Huskies fumbled and RCS recovered the ball and ran for a touchdown, bringing the score to 13-0. Indians’ kicker Jack McFerran made the extra point, putting the team at a 14-0 lead, which they would take with them into the locker room at halftime.

The next score came on a rushing touchdown by Aidan Lochner, who put the ball into the endzone on a 4-yard run to bring the score to 20-0. Lochner kept the good vibes going with a 2-point conversion with five minutes to go in the third quarter for a score of 22-0.

The Indians kept the Huskies scoreless, and scored another touchdown with 7 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, bringing the score to 28-0 on another Lochner rushing touchdown. McFerran again had a successful extra point kick, putting another point on the board for the Indians.

Another Lochner rushing touchdown came a few minutes later, with McFerran again putting the ball through the goalposts for the final points of the game, with the Indians up 36-0.

The Indians march off the field at halftime. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

The defense remained strong throughout the game and kept the Huskies off the scoreboard.

The team’s only two losses this season came at the hands of Glens Falls in the third game of the season by a score of 21-13, and two weeks later against O’Neill, by a score of 36-13. The Indians won their next four regular season games against Hudson Falls, Cohoes, Gloversville and Green Tech, including two shutouts, before going on to shut out Gloversville in the Section 2 Class B semifinal game Friday.

The Indians will next play the Lansingburgh Knights, who won their playoff game Saturday against Glens Fall by a squeaker, 41-40, with the game going into overtime.

Posters of this season’s Indians line the fence at the field’s entrance. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media
Indians watch from the sidelines during the first half of Friday night’s game. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media
The cheer team works up the crowd in support of the hometown Indians. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media
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