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RCS dominates in 2nd game of season


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

It would take two Mustangs defenders to tackle senior Wyatt Algozzine at the 20-yard line after a first-quarter run that would lead to an Indians’ touchdown a couple of plays later. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS Indians dominated on both offense and defense in their second game of the season on their home turf Sunday night.

The Indians took to the field on an uncommon Sunday after their scheduled Friday game was postponed due to a thunderstorm.

But the change in schedule didn’t appear to faze the dominant Indians who picked up their second commanding win of the season by a final score of 47-6 against the co-op team of Catskill/Cairo-Durham in neighboring Greene County.

The Mustangs would score first in the early seconds of the game, but that would be it for the visiting team as the Indians would dominate the rest of the night.

With the Indians’ first kick of the game going out of bounds, the Mustangs would start the game at their 35-yard line and would immediately score a touchdown on a 65-yard pass, bringing the score to 6-0 Mustangs in the first few seconds of the game. The Mustangs failed to convert an attempted 2-point conversion, which was fumbled and recovered by the Indians’ Jack McFerran, leaving the score at Mustangs 6-0.

But the Indians would hold the line the rest of the game after an early rough start, and the Mustangs would not score another point through the remaining quarters of the game.

The RCS Indians watch their teammates from the sidelines as the team would take their second win of the season in commanding fashion Sunday night. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

While the defense would hold the Mustangs back, the offense went to work.

The Indians drove the ball downfield on their first possession of the game. Two back-to-back penalties on the Mustangs would put the ball just inside the Mustangs’ 1-yard line before Ethan Green would run the ball into the endzone, tying the score at 6-6.

The extra point kick on the Indians’ first score of the game was good, bringing the score to Indians 7, Mustangs 6.

With 8:34 to go in the first quarter, Mason Carkner intercepted the ball and ran into the endzone for the Indians’ second touchdown of the game, bringing the score to Indians 13, Mustangs 6. The extra point kick by kick was good for a 14-6 score.

The Indians’ Jack McFerran makes good on an extra-point kick. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media

The Indians would score again in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown carry by Dominic Maltese with 5:49 to go in the first, bringing the score to 20-6. The extra-point kick was no good, but the Indians remained dominant throughout the game.

The final score would be Indians 47, Mustangs 6.

The win is the Indians’ second of the season after a 21-7 victory over O’Neill.

The team now has a 2-0 overall record in the 2023 season, and a 1-0 in-league record.

The Indians’ next contest will be a home game against Green Tech on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

The Indians’ cheer team leads the crowd in rooting for the home team. Melanie Lekocevic/Capital Region Independent Media
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