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Homecoming with spirit: Indians soar to victory in homecoming game RCS 36, Lansingburgh 6

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    Thomas Marra/For Columbia-Greene Media The hometown crowd turned out for an exciting homecoming football game at RCS High School on Friday as the team came away with a huge victory.
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    Thomas Marra/For Columbia-Greene Media Quarterback Brandon Warnken (middle) and running back Marlon Laing (right) meet with a coach to map out a strategy in the team's 36-6 victory in the homecoming game.
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    Thomas Marra/For Columbia-Greene Media The hometown crowd at RCS High School cheers on their team to a big homecoming victory.
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    Thomas Marra/For Columbia-Greene Media Running back Nelson Ruoff moves the ball downfield as he fights off opponents.
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    Thomas Marra/For Columbia-Greene Media Indians quarterback Brandon Warnken awaits the snap in Friday's homecoming victory.
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    Thomas Marra/For Columbia-Greene Media The Indians' Christian Salvio kicks the ball in the team's big homecoming victory Friday evening.
October 2, 2017 - 03:33 pm

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK – After a handful of losses, the RCS Indians roared back into the victory column with a 36-6 defeat of the Lansingburgh Knights.

The win couldn’t come at a better time for the Indians – it was the annual and highly anticipated homecoming game on their home turf. The RCS cheerleading squad made sure the game got off to an exciting start as they welcomed the home team onto the field with much fanfare.

Possession was a major factor in the game, with the Indians holding onto the ball for 28:30, and the Knights for only 19:30, putting the ball in quarterback Brandon Warnken’s hands for much of the game.

Possession was also driven by first down conversions – the Knights converted five plays into first downs, while the Indians tripled that number to 15.

With that time, Warnken passed for 35 yards on three attempts, one of them for a touchdown. He also handed off the ball for four rushing touchdowns and a total of 247 total yards on the game.

Scoring rushing touchdowns were Jordan Feliciano and Nelson Ruoff. Marlon Laing scored two touchdowns on rushing plays.

Ruoff also had two receptions, one of them resulting in a touchdown.

Both teams remained scoreless for much of the first quarter, with the Indians putting the first points on the board with a rushing touchdown by Ruoff with five minutes to go in the quarter. The two-point conversion was good, putting the game at 8-0 in favor of the Indians.

The Knights took over possession on their own 30-yard line but after losing on downs, they were forced to punt the ball and RCS blocked the kick, taking over the ball on the Knights’ 20-yard line.

That left the door open for a quick rushing touchdown by Marlon Laing, his first of two on the game. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 14-0 with three minutes left to go in the first quarter.

The Indians would never look back.

The Knights would put their first score on the board with a passing touchdown a few minutes into the second quarter, but after the missed extra point, that would be their only score in the game.

The Indians, though, weren’t done yet. With less than a minute of play left in the first half, quarterback Brandon Warnken completed a huge 24-yard pass to Ruoff for the touchdown. Again, the two-point conversion missed, but the Indians had a 20-6 lead, which they took into the locker room at half time.

With a couple of minutes left in the third, the Indians scored again on a rushing touchdown and this time completed the two-point rushing conversion to take a 28-6 lead.

The hometown team, playing in front of their homecoming crowd, wasn’t finished just yet despite a sizable lead.

With five minutes left in the game, they again scored a rushing touchdown, putting the score at 36-6, which is where the game would end as the final seconds ticked down.

The much-needed victory put the team’s record on the season at 2-3. They will next host the Schalmont Sabres on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. on their home field.