"Our defense played terrific," said VanDerzee. "Other than the one big pass play (an 85-yard touchdown pass from Kargbo Bunduka to Isaiah Moore in the first quarter), they played well."
Fortier extended RCS's lead to 14-6 in the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run, but Bunduka connected with Jamel Lyde on an 8-yard scoring pass and added a two-point conversion run to tie the game. Fortier put the Indians ahead for good late in the fourth quarter with another 1-yard touchdown run.
Fortier added 59 rushing yards for RCS, which remains unbeaten at home this season.
Eagles' playoff hopes take a hit
In other football action last Friday, Bethlehem's chances of making the class AA playoffs were placed in doubt with a 33-25 loss to Columbia, while Voorheesville kept its hopes of a class C South Division title alive with a 35-7 victory at Tamarac.
Bethlehem (1-2, 3-3) could have assured itself of no worse than a third-place finish in Division II with a win over Columbia, but the Blue Devils (2-2, 4-2) scored two touchdowns in the second half to put the Eagles in a hole they couldn't fly out of.
"That loss hurt for us," said Bethlehem coach Ron Smith. "We were there, and we just couldn't make the plays."
Brian Pauquette's 50-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter pulled Bethlehem within one point of Columbia at halftime, but Jeff McCormick's 5-yard scoring run in the third quarter gave the Blue Devils some breathing room. Jose George added a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to make the score 33-19.
"We missed some serious plays in the second half," said Smith. "Defensively, we just can't find any answers."
Dan Unright gave Bethlehem some life with a 5-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter, but Columbia held on to the ball the rest of the way to seal the victory.