Indian’s Season Ends in Semi Final Game

Game Summary

From the Times Union
Ravena at Schalmont
Friday November 1, 2013 7:00pm
        1         2         3       4       OT       Total
Ravena 0 0 0 8 0 8
Schalmont 0 14 14 7 0 35
  • Player of the Game: Schalmont quarterback Nick Gallo ran for 118 yards and completed 10 of 13 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns
  • He also helped to anchor Schalmont’s strong defensive performance
  • Stat of the Game: In the game’s first 35 minutes, Schalmont held Ravena to just 57 yards in total offense
  • Play of the Game: Early in the second half, Schalmont’s Devin Higgins outjumped two Ravena defenders on a third-and-20 pass play, giving his team a 29-yard gain and possession on the Indians’ one-yard line
  • Three plays later, Schalmont scored
  • Turning Point of the Game: With 35 seconds left in the first half and Schalmont nursing a 7-0 lead, the Sabres’ Trevon Perez-Tucker made a dramatic interception and then returned the ball 44 yards, deep into Ravena territory
  • Schalmont scored two plays later to take a 14-0 lead at halftime and the Sabres’ lead was never threatened again
  • Notable: Schalmont’s Kyle Strube had a strong game, catching six passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns
  • He also ran for another score, and prevented a Ravena touchdown by separating an Indians receiver from the ball on a fourth-down play early in the game. The frustrating season for Devon Willis, one of Section 2′s all-time leading rushers, continued  in the game’s first 38 minutes, other than a pair of double-digit runs, Willis was held to minus-1 yard on eight carries
  • However Willis, who has fought injuries and has been the focal point of every opponent’s defense this year, did score the game’s first touchdown on a dramatic, twisting, lunging 17-yard run and also set up the Sabres’ third score with a 40-yard punt return. Gallo, who had passed for just 11 yards on four short screen passes in the game’s first 23:30, then completed six passes for 149 yards in the next 16:30. Ravena’s fourth-period touchdown was the first Schalmont has surrendered in 27 quarters, going back to Week 3. Schalmont’s victory marked the fourth straight year that the Sabres ended Ravena’s season. Schalmont (9-0) will make its fifth consecutive appearance in the Class B championship game next Saturday against Cohoes or Broadalbin-Perth.  Ravena closes its season with a 6-3 record
Scoring Summary
  • Second Quarter
  • S - Devon Willis 17 run (Paul Mattick kick)
  • S - Kyle Strube 20 pass from Nick Gallo (Mattick kick)
  • Third Quarter
  •  S - Strube 2 run (Mattick kick)
  • S – Zach O’Dell 12 pass from Gallo (Mattitick kick)
  • Fourth Quarter
  •  R - Carter Ducatte 7 pass from David Warnken (Zach Maurer run)
  • S -  Strube 45 pass from Gallo (Mattick kick)

The Indians season comes to an end at the hands of Schalmont. The Varsity team had a great season which includes being Reinfurt Division Co-Champions!! We commend our seniors on a great season and thank them for all the leadership they provided. Good luck to you all in the future.

RCS Varsity Moves On In Playoffs

Game Summary

From the Times Union
Scotia at Ravena
Friday October 25, 2013 7:00pm
       1      2      3      4     OT      Total
Scotia 0 6 0 6 0 12
Ravena 6 8 0 8 0 22
Scoring Summary
  • First Quarter
  •  R – David Warnken 2 run (run failed)
  • Second Quarter
  • R – Zach Maurer 2 run (Warnken run)
  • S – Colin Evers 31 pass from Dan Zeglen (kick failed)
  • Fourth Quarter
  • R – Josh Hall 9 pass from Warnken (Maurer run)
  • S – John Clark 6 pass from Dan Zeglen (pass failed)


Indians win quarter final playoff game and advance to the semi finals where they will take on Schalmont on Friday November 1st at 7:00 PM at Schalmont High School.

Indians Finish Regular Season With Win

Ravena turns letdown fears into a romp

Indians share Reinfurt Division title, settle for No. 2 seed in Class B
James Allen, Times Union
By James Allen

Published 11:11 pm, Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Ravena football team entered Saturday night’s Reinfurt Division showdown against Green Tech with the knowledge the top divisional seed for the Class B playoffs no longer was available. A letdown certainly was a possibility.

The Indians made it abundantly clear they had no intentions of limping into the postseason via a letdown. Instead, they ended Green Tech’s first series on an interception by junior two-way star David Warnken and never looked back.

Ravena used a balanced offensive attack and a suffocating defense in registering a solid 43-12 victory over Green Tech at Bleecker Stadium.

“I am very pleased. They have improved,” Ravena coach Gary VanDerzee said of his squad. “The challenge we put to them is ‘get better every week’ and they’ve done that. I think last week, we played an outstanding game (in beating Lansingburgh 43-6). It is tough to put two games like that together. Coming here, I was afraid of a letdown.”

The Indians (5-2, 5-1) shared the Reinfurt Division title with Cohoes, but the Tigers (5-2, 5-1) garnered the No. 1 seed based on their 17-6 victory over Ravena in Week 1.

“It was a little deflating, but all we wanted was a (playoff) home game,” Warnken said. “It is huge to get that home game.”

Ravena faces another stern challenge in the Class B quarterfinals against another hot squad in No. 3 West Division seed Scotia (5-2, 5-2), winner of five straight. Green Tech (4-3, 3-3), a school that entered the 2013 season with one varsity win in its first two years, head to Rotterdam on Friday night to take on West Division champion Schalmont (7-0, 7-0).

Warnken’s interception provided Ravena the ball at the Green Tech 14. The Indians proceeded to march 84 yards over 14 players — all runs — culminated by a 4-yard touchdown run by junior Fred Pechette.

The second offensive series for Ravena also resulted in a touchdown, this time a 38-yard pass play from Warnken to a wide-open Ian Armina as the Indians took a 16-0 cushion into intermission.

One week after shutting down Lansingburgh senior running back Anthony Walker, the Indians’ defense proved stingy once again vs. the Eagles.

The one guy Ravena could not stop was sophomore wide receiver Raki Johnson. After making a spectacular 43-yard leaping catch against double coverage for Green Tech’s biggest play of the first half, Johnson shined on back-to-back plays to provide Green Tech its first touchdown in the third quarter. Johnson first made a gorgeous one-handed grab for 27 yards and then scampered 50 yards for a touchdown on his only carry of the contest that shaved the Eagles’ deficit to 24-6.

“I think the defense is playing great right now. They had one or two big plays,” Ravena two-way lineman Doug Mark said of Green Tech. “We are playing our best ball of the year right now.”

“We have given up a few pass plays, but no more 80-yard plays,” Warnken said.

Pechette led the ground game with 95 yards and two touchdowns. Warnken added 81 yards and one touchdown to go with 87 yards passing and two TDs.

“I think the Academy game (a 30-22 win) is the one that kick-started things for us and the Troy game (a 28-14 loss in Week 5) gave us a wake-up call,” Mark said.

Game Summary

Ravena at Green Tech
Saturday October 19, 2013 6:30pm
       1      2        3      4      OT       Total
Ravena 8 8 20 7 0 43
Green Tech 0 0 6 6 0 12
Scoring Summary
  • First quarter:
  • R- Fred Pechette 4 run (Pechette run) Second Quarter
  • R- Ian Armina 38 pass from David Warnken (Warnken run)
  • Third Quarter:
  •  R- Pechette 1 run (run failed)
  • R- Safety, Green Tech snapped ball out of end zone
  • GT- Raki Johnson 50 (run failed)
  • R- Craig Brozowski 15 pass from Warnken (run failed)
  • R- Carter Ducatte 1 run (kick blocked)
  • Fourth Quarter:
  • R- Warnken 5 run (Austin Babcock kick)
  • GT- Nigel Payne 8 run (pass failed)


The Indians next game is a first round playoff game against Scotia-Glenville Friday night October 25th at 7:00 PM at RCS.


From The Troy Record

HS Football: Ravena routs Lansingburgh; close in on division title

Published: Friday, October 11, 2013

 Mike Cioffi

For The Record
@MikeCioffi1 on Twitter

RAVENA– The Ravena football team inched closer to locking up the school’s 11th Class B Reinfurt Division title since 1996 Friday, beating long-time rival on homecoming night.

“I’m never surprised. We expect to be there,” longtime Ravena coach Gary Vanderzee said. “That’s a little cocky but I’m very happy with it. We stumbled in Week 1 but were getting better every week,” he added.

It looked as if Ravena would run away with the game in the early going as it led 20-0 early in the second quarter, but ‘Burgh kept it close at halftime before the Ravena offense exploded again on its way to a 43-7 decision.

“I like the outcome and that’s the important thing,” Vanderzee said.

“I thought the kids played all three phases of the game very well. Special teams were big, we had a couple big returns that set the tone,” Vanderzee said.

“It was a huge win,” said Ravena senior lineman Doug Mark. “We’ve been looking for a signature win all season and I think this was it.”

“It was a tough one. We put ourselves in a hole early with penalties and we gave up a couple touchdowns,” Lansingburgh coach Jeff Pasinella said.

The Knights (3-2, 3-3) needed a victory here to keep pace with the now Indians (4-1, 4-2) atop the Reinfurt standings, keeping them in possible contention for the division crown in a few weeks. The Burgh loss makes it a two-team race between Cohoes and Ravena.

Lansingburgh hosts Albany Academy (3-2) next week to close out its regular season slate. The Knights will be playing for seeding in the Section II Class B playoffs. Losses to Cohoes and Ravena means the Knights cannot win the division.

“Were in a must win next week. Our division is so tight. We’ve been telling the kids that for three weeks now, every game from here on out is more important than the one before,” Pasinella said.

For Ravena, a victory next week at Green Tech gives it the division title.

“For me personally, I haven’t won a division title yet, so I want to put my name up on that banner along with the rest of my teammates,” Mark said.

Mark and the Indians didn’t waste any time, racing out to a 12-0 lead just three minutes into the game on a rushing touchdown by junior Fred Pechette and a touchdown pass from David Warnken to wideout Jayden Feliciano.

The Ravena defense bottled up Lansingburgh’s star senior running back Anthony Walker, stopping him right at the line of scrimmage on numerous occasions. While, the Indians defensive backs core helped take away Knights quarterback Shay Curtis’ threats at wide receiver.

“Ravena did a great job slowing our offense down,” Pasinella said.

“Defensively, we flew to the football, Vanderzee said. That’s a talented young man (Walker) and every time he touches the ball I hold my breath. Our offensive line did a heck of a job.”

The Knights were pinned deep in their own territory a handful of times due to deep punts by the Ravena punter and drive-killing penalties and couldn’t manage to convert on that big pass play to give themselves some breathing room for its offense to work with.

“They (Ravena) had a good scheme up front, Pasinella said. They physically got it done on defense tonight.”

“We played physical with them all night long and dominated both sides of the ball,” Mark said.

An Ian Armina interception stalled a Lansingburgh drive to open the second half and set up Ravena’s fourth score. Warnken found an open Pechette down the middle of the field on a short yardage gain and Pechette did the rest for a 37-yard touchdown reception and a 28-0 Indians lead with 8:22 left in the third.

After a four downs and out by Lansingburgh, Warnken once again used his arm to further extend Ravena’s edge. He connected with tight end Craig Brozowski who deked out a Lansingburgh defender before reaching the end zone on a 24-yard touchdown pass giving Ravena a 34-0 advantage with 3:18 left in the third quarter.

Warnken kept it himself to open the fourth quarter for Ravena scoring on an 18-yard run for a 43-0 Ravena lead after the extra point kick to cap the scoring for Ravena.

Lansingburgh would get on the board when Curtis hooked up with Walker on a 60-yard completion. Noah Cipperly’s point after made it 43-6 with 4:34 left in the game.

“All the credit to our defensive coordinator Mike Kerrigan,” Vanderzee said when asked how his team held Walker and the high-scoring ‘Burgh offense to a lone score. “He did a great job with a great design and the kids executed it,” he added.

Indians Beat ‘Burgh on Senior Night

Game Summary

From the Times Union
Lansingburgh at Ravena
Friday October 11, 2013 7:00pm
      1        2         3        4         Total
Lansingburgh 0 0 0 7 7
Ravena 20 0 16 7 43
  • Player of the game: Fred Pechette of Ravena rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Indians
  • Play of the game: Anthony Walker’s 60-yard TD pass from Rodney Van Ness was just about the only offense for Lansingburgh
  • Notables: Lansingburgh mustered only seven yards rushing and no touchdowns
  • The Burgh finished with 76 yards total offense
Scoring Summary
  • First Quarter
  • R-Fred Pechette 48 run (run failed)
  • R-Jayden Feliciano 45 punt return (run failed)
  • R-Pechette 1 run (Craig Brozowski pass from Dave Warnken)
  • Third quarter
  • R-Pechette 3 run (Brozowski pass from Warnken)
  • R-Brozowski 24 pass from Warnken (Feliciano pass from Warnken)
  • Fourth quarter
  • R-Warnken 16 run (Austin Babcock kick)
  • L-Anthony Walker 60 pass from Rodney Van Ness (Noah Cipperly kick)


The Indians totally dominated Lansingburgh right from the start and held the Knights prolific running game to negative yards for most of the game. The Seniors were honored before the game and the win made it a great Homecoming weekend. The win also moves RCS into a tie for 1st place in the Reinfurt Division with Cohoes. The Indians next game is Saturday night October 19th against Green Tech at Bleecker Stadium in Albany at 6:00 PM.

Indians Fall Short to Class A Troy High

Game Summary

from the Times Union

Troy at Ravena
Friday October 4, 2013 7:00pm
      1       2     3     4     OT      Total
Troy 0 21 7 0 0 28
Ravena 0 8 6 0 0 14
  • Player of the game: Troy quarterback Joe Germinerio completed 9 of 16 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns
  • Germinerio connected with Alex Little for a 53-yard TD and Kiel Suggs for a 14-yard score
  • Play of the game: Tyler Wrobel’s 4-yard run erased an 8-7 deficit for Troy
  • Stat of the game: Troy finished with 387 yards of total offense to Ravena’s 201 yards
  • Notable: Ravena QB Dave Warnken completed 4 of 8 passes for 91 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown pass to Craig Brozowski
Scoring Summary
  • Second quarter
  • T-Maurice Jones 3 run (Brandon Bush kick)
  •  R-Craig Brozowski 51 pass from Dave Warnken (Josh Hall pass)
  • T-Tyler Wrobel 4 run (Brandon Bush kick)
  • T-Alex Little 53 pass from Joe Germinerio (Bush kick)
  • Third quarter
  • R-Zach Maurer 2 run (run failed)
  • T-Kiel Suggs 14 pass from Germinerio (Bush kick)

RCS played well against the bigger Troy Flying Horses in a non division game. The Indians return to Class B action this Friday October 11th at home against the Knights of Lansingburgh. It is a pivotal division game. It is also Homecoming AND Senior Night. Come early for the festivities to honor the Seniors. Kick off is scheduled for 7:00 PM but the Seniors will be honored prior to the game.


Indians Beat Cadets to Move to 3 and 1

Game Summary From Times Union

Ravena at Albany Academy
Saturday September 28, 2013 1:30pm
     1      2      3      4    OT      Total
Ravena 16 6 0 8 0 30
Albany Academy 0 14 8 0 0 22
  • Player of the game: Zach Maurer of Ravena had 31 carries for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns and 2 extra point runs
  • Play of the game: With Academy down by a score Austin Zeh of Academy took the opening play handoff of the 3rd period and went 83 yards for the tying touchdown
  • Stat of the game: Ravena rushed the ball 48 times for 348 yards
  • Turning point of game: With 51 seconds left on the game clock, Ravena batted down a 4th and 7 pass at their own 7 yardline to preserve the victory
Scoring Summary
  • First quarter R-Zach Maurer 12 run (Maurer run) R-Dave Warnken 16 run (Carter Ducatte run)
  • Second quarter AA-Eric Woods 12 run (Jelani Hoyte-King pass from Woods) R-Maurer 4 run (run failed) AA-Austin Zeh 3 run (run failed)
  • Third quarter AA-Zeh 83 run (Zeh run)
  • Fourth quarter R-Warnken 41 run (Maurer run)


Great division win by RCS. Next game is Friday October 4th at RCS in a non-division game against Troy High. Game time 7:00 PM.

RCS Wins over Riders

Game Summary (from Times Union)

Ravena at Ichabod Crane

Friday September 20, 2013 7:00pm
1       2      3     4    OT     Total
Ravena 21 20 7 0 0 48
Ichabod Crane 0 6 7 6 0 19
  • Player of the game: Carter Ducatte rushed for 113 yards and two scores on just six carries to lead Ravena
  • Play of the game: Ichabod Crane’s Brandon McKay returned a kick-off 80 yards for a score
  • Notable: Fred Pechette chipped in with 96 yards and two touchdowns on the ground for Ravena

This Saturday afternoon September 28th, RCS travels to Albany Academy in a pivotal game in the Class B standings.


Indians Even Record at 1 and 1

GAME SUMMARY (from the Times Union)

Ravena at Hudson

Friday September 13, 2013 7:00pm
      1    2    3     4   OT    Total
Ravena 16 8 8 0 0 32
Hudson 0 6 0 14 0 20
Scoring Summary
  • First quarter: R-Dave Warnken 1 run     R-Fred Pechette 9 run
  • Second quarter: R-Pechette 3 run    H-Trey Alert 4 pass from Addison Cunningham (kick failed)
  • Third quarter: R-Penchette 3 run
  • Fourth quarter: H-Darian Blanks 23 pass from Jake Topple     H-Justin Slater 4 pass from Topple


RCS dominated Hudson with a powerful running game with over 300 yards rushing. Next week the Indians travel to Ichabod Crane on Friday September 20th to take on the Riders. Game time 7:00 PM


Indians Stumble in First Game

GAME SUMMARY (from the Times Union)
Cohoes at Ravena
Friday September 6, 2013 7:00pm
     1     2    3    4    OT     Total
Cohoes 0 14 0 3 0 17
Ravena 0 6 0 0 0 6
  • Player of the game: Brandon LaForest hauled in five catches for 190 yards and two scores for Cohoes
  • Play of the game: Tigers quarterback Max Carey connected with Carey on a long 80-yard touchdown just over two minutes before halftime to help build a 14-6 lead
  • Stat of the game: Carey threw for 241 yards to guide Cohoes to the win
  • Notable: Ravena rushed for 201 yards on 37 carries led by running back Fred Pechette, who totaled 108 yards on 22 rushes
  • LaForest accounted for all the Cohoes scoring, catching the two touchdown passes from Carey while also adding a 33-yard field goal in the closing moments of the fourth quarter
Scoring Summary
  • Second quarter R- Fred Pechette 16 run (kick failed) C- Brandon LaForest 65 pass from Max Carey (LaForest kick) C- LaForest 80 pass from Carey (LaForest kick) Fourth quarter C- LaForest 33 FG