VanDerzee elected to go for the touchdown, but a false start penalty followed by an illegal motion infraction pushed the Indians to Cobleskill's 10-yard line. Fortier made a 27-yard field goal after the penalties to give R-C-S a 3-0 lead.
"Any time you're in that close, you want to get the touchdown," said VanDerzee. "Those (penalties) were big plays, but you have to overcome them."
Cobleskill overcame the field goal quickly. Keller completed a 40-yard pass to Charles Willoughby and a shorter pass to Chase Calabrano to put the Bulldogs at R-C-S's 11-yard line. Three plays later, Christman twisted his way into the end zone from a yard out, and Andrew Bartholomew kicked the extra point to put Cobleskill ahead 7-3.
"The first pass (of the series), Keller did a nice job," said VanDerzee. "We got some pressure on him, but he was able to get out of it and throw to his secondary receiver (Willoughby)."
The Bulldogs systematically drove down the field on their first possession of the second half. A mix of runs and short passes brought Cobleskill inside R-C-S's 5-yard line, and Christman finished the series with a 2-yard touchdown run. Bartholomew's point after kick sailed through the uprights to make the score 14-3.
R-C-S kept Cobleskill's offense in check after that to maintain their season-long streak of keeping opponents under 20 points, but the damage was done.
"They made plays when they had to, and that's what a championship team does," said VanDerzee.""