LaSalle grounds Bethlehem's offense in quarterfinal win

LaSalle meets Saratoga Springs in the Class AA semifinals Friday, while Bethlehem faces Columbia in a crossover game.

Indians get another home game

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk won't have to hit the road for this weekend's Class B semifinals, thanks to Hudson.

While the Indians (6-2) disposed of Cobleskill-Richmondville 48-0 in one quarterfinal last Friday, Hudson (3-5) surprised Schalmont 13-12 in another quarterfinal to set up a rematch between the two Reinfurt Division teams Friday in Ravena.

R-C-S is peaking as it heads into the semifinals. The Indians dominated both sides of the ball against Cobleskill, racking up 435 total yards of offense while limiting the Bulldogs to 118 yards.

Defensively, we came off the ball really well, played our gaps and handled our responsibilities well," said R-C-S coach Gary VanDerzee.

Tailbacks C.J. Murray and Mike Garza each rushed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Indians. Quarterback Keith Hoyt threw for 117 yards and a pair of first-quarter touchdowns including a 60-yard scoring strike to Jameel Caldwell, and Nick LaMountain added a touchdown run.

VanDerzee said the offensive line helped R-C-S pile up the yards against Cobleskill.

"The offensive line is a fairly new group, and it's only the second or third game (this year) where they've played together," said VanDerzee. "So, they're still getting better."

A victory over Hudson Friday would propel the Indians into their fourth Class B Super Bowl in the last five years.

"Any time you're one of the four teams left playing, you feel pretty good (about your chances)," said VanDerzee. "We just have to keep on improving.""

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