By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The Indians won again on the gridiron Friday night, this time defeating Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley by a score of 41-6.
It was a big night for senior running back Dominick Paljusaj, who ran the ball into the end zone four times in the game.
The Indians got on the board first with a 47-yard touchdown run by Paljusaj with 7:42 left in the first quarter. The extra kick by Jack McFerran was good, bringing the score to 7-0.
That would be all the Indians would need for the win, but they were far from done.
In the final minutes of the first quarter, quarterback Kaden Potter would get the Indians out of their own deep territory with a pass to senior Wyatt Algozzine, setting the stage on the next play for a massive 64-yard touchdown run by junior Ethan Green in the final minute of the stanza. Jack McFerran’s extra point was good, putting the score at 14-0 as the first quarter wound down.
Early in the second quarter, Paljusaj had another touchdown run, this time for 10 yards, putting the score at 20-0, and McFerran’s extra point put the game at 21-0.
Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley got on the board for their first and only score on the day with a 9-yard run into the endzone. The extra point kick was blocked by RCS’s Ethan Green, keeping the score at 21-6.
On the Indians’ next possession, Paljusaj had a huge 58-yard run down the field into the end zone, but an illegal block penalty on RCS nullified the touchdown and put the Indians back on their own 45 yard line at first down and 17. The Indians made one first down on a Paljusaj run and Potter completed a pass to Algozzine, but the plays fell short of a first down and the Indians turned over the ball.
With less than a minute left in the first half, Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley punted the ball and a Potter pass to McFerran brought the Indians to the 8-yard line. With 9 seconds in the half, Potter spiked the ball to stop the clock. An incomplete pass to McFerran brought the team to third and goal with 5 seconds left in the half, but the Indians were able to convert with an 8-yard touchdown pass to McFerran, bringing the score to 27-6.
Potter was shaken up on the play after taking a hard tackle, but after getting attended to by the coaches he was able to walk off the field on his own. He would return to play the entire second half of the game. McFerran’s extra point kick was good, putting the Indians in the lead 28-6 at halftime.
The Indians continued their dominance in the second half, shutting down their opponents with strong defense and going on to score a pair of touchdowns in the second half.
The first came in the third quarter on a 26-yard run by Paljusaj with 4:44 left in the stanza, giving the Indians a 34-6 lead. A fumble on the extra point attempt turned the ball over to Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley, who would make it to midfield several plays later. The team got to within striking distance at the RCS 18-yard line, but at the top of the fourth quarter turned the ball over on downs.
The Indians made their final score of the night on a 13-yard run by Paljusaj to bring the score to 40-6, and McFerran’s extra point kick was good, giving the Indians the final 41-6 lead with 3:29 left on the clock.
The win puts the Indians at a 4-0 undefeated season; Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley’s record went to 2-2.
RCS will next face off against Schalmont on Friday, Sept. 29, at home beginning at 7 p.m. The Sabres are also undefeated this season with a 3-0 record at press time.