When Albany Academy needed a big play, Dion Lewis provided it.
Lewis gained more than 250 all purpose yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Cadets to a 28-7 victory over Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk in last Saturday's class B Reinfurt Division game.
The loss dropped the Indians into third place in the division and earned them a road trip to Broadalbin-Perth for a class B quarterfinal playoff game Friday night.
They're (Broadalbin-Perth) a quality club. We'd better come out with our helmets on, or else we won't be back here in two weeks, said RCS coach Gary VanDerzee.
The Indians (2-2 division, 5-2 overall) played evenly with Albany Academy for most of the game. The only difference was the Cadets came up with several big plays, while the Indians could not finish off their drives.
After quarterback Zach Deering scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter to give RCS a 7-0 lead, Lewis went to work. The junior tailback found an opening and ran 51 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter. A.J. DeLago added the extra point to tie the game at 7.
RCS continued to move the ball on the ground behind tailback Pat Filkins and fullback Jared Fortier, who combined to rush for nearly 170 yards. But just as the Indians built some momentum, Albany Academy's defense tightened to stop them well short of the end zone.
The Indians' inability to finish drives caught up to them in the third quarter. RCS punted the ball deep into Albany Academy territory and thought it had pinned the Cadets. But on third-down-and-long at the Cadets' 25, Pat Lyman threw a sideline pass to Lewis. Lewis slipped one tackler and took off for the end zone for a touchdown. DeLago's extra point put the Cadets ahead 14-7.