A bad bounce set up another Albany Academy touchdown later in the third quarter. A Cadets' punt bounced off Deering, who had set up near his own 40-yard line for a return. Albany Academy fell on the ball to retain possession. Three plays later, Jarid Hotaling caught a 41-yard scoring strike from Everett Tune on a halfback option pass to increase the Cadets' lead to 21-7.
"That hurt," VanDerzee said of the punt deflecting off Deering. "But again, us not stopping the home run play hurt us more."
Lewis completed the scoring late in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run to seal Albany Academy's victory and the Reinfurt Division title " the Cadets' first championship since returning to Section II in 2004 following several seasons in the New England Prep League.
Lewis finished with 137 rushing yards and 115 receiving yards, while Hotaling contributed 54 rushing yards for Albany Academy. Filkins gained 111 yards on 23 carries for RCS.
Blackbirds fall; gain eighth seed
In last Friday's football action, the Voorheesville Blackbirds lost to class C South Division champion Canajoharie 12-7, while Bethlehem suffered a season-ending 37-7 defeat to Shenendehowa in a class AA game.
Voorheesville (5-2) took a 7-6 lead on Tim Robinson's 20-yard touchdown reception and Matt Miller's extra point late in the first quarter, but Chris Shineman's 5-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter gave Canajoharie (6-1) the victory.
The Blackbirds are the No. 8 seed in a highly-competitive class C Sectional tournament. All of the other teams in the field have at least one loss, including top-seeded Stillwater, which Voorheesville plays Saturday.
Meanwhile, Bethlehem (3-4) fell out of playoff consideration with its loss to Shen. The Eagles entered the game with a chance to tie Columbia for third place in Division II, but they couldn't contain Plainsmen running back Jason Bedard. The junior rushed for a career-high 264 yards and scored all five Shen touchdowns to lead the Plainsmen to their first league victory.
Dave Plummer threw for 63 yards, and Peter Berquist had a 1-yard touchdown run for Bethlehem, which plays Niskayuna in a class AA crossover game Friday.""