Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk loses another close game

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk football team can't seem to catch a break.

One week after losing to Cohoes by seven points, the Indians (1-4) couldn't hold on to a fourth quarter lead in a 13-12 loss at Schalmont last Friday.

They're playing great, said R-C-S coach Gary VanDerzee. "We [as coaches] just have to put them in a position where they can make a play late."

The Indians took a 12-7 lead on quarterback Tyler Swart's 17-yard touchdown pass to Matt Garza in the third quarter. The score stayed that way until late in the fourth quarter when Schalmont quarterback Vince Gallo took off on a 40-yard run to set the Sabres up deep in R-C-S territory. Gallo capped the series with a 4-yard touchdown run to put Schalmont (2-3) ahead for good.

Gallo finished with 177 rushing yards and two touchdowns, despite the best efforts of R-C-S's defense.

"We shut him down really well," said VanDerzee. "We just missed an assignment on his 31-yard run early on [that set up Schalmont's first touchdown], and we missed a couple of tackles on his 40-yard run on the last series."

In other weekend football action, Bethlehem (2-3) ended a three-game losing streak with a 20-13 victory over Shaker last Friday. Devin Stampley's 85-yard touchdown run sparked a late Eagle comeback to pull out the win.

Guilderland (1-4) lost to Saratoga 48-6, while Voorheesville defeated Coxsackie-Athens 36-15 to improve its record to 4-1.""

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