Football Team & Coach

In what closely resembled the qualities and sportsmanship of past RCS state championship teams before them, the 2021-22 RCS football team pushed through significant injuries, maneuvered through a COVID-19 scheduling landscape, and faced tough opponents from throughout New York state to make some serious noise in the sectional playoffs. Led by Head Coach VanDerzee and his assistant coaches Coach Dorrance, Coach Kerrigan, Coach Eric Stott, and Coach Jack Kerrigan, this special group of student-athletes made a serious charge on the road to the state championships in Syracuse, NY.

“The 2021-22 RCS football season was a special season for our players, parents, coaches, and more importantly, our incredible fans,” said RCS Athletic Director and Football Coach Bob Dorrance. “As a team, we were able to focus on our mission to be the best football team on the field, while representing our community with sportsmanship and effort. We are incredibly proud of this team for their hard work and dedication.”

On Saturday, November 27, the RCS varsity football team traveled to Middletown, NY to face Pleasantville High School in the semifinals of the state championships. Both teams fought hard and displayed an incredible amount of perseverance, focused intensity, and competitive spirit. Unfortunately, RCS ultimately fell to Pleasantville in a closely contested game by a score of 15-7.

“The team would like to say thank you to the community members and organizations for their incredible support during the entire season, including leading their bus out of town and to the game on Saturday. They would also like to thank the Sycamore Golf Course, Mr. Kevin Reinisch, and the entire Stanton family for generously putting on a team breakfast on the morning of the game,” Coach Dorrance continued. 

“What an exciting season to experience and one that will be remembered by our school community,” said RCS High School Principal Dr. Patierne. “The sportsmanship was incredible, and our football team showed the qualities that make great teams: effort, respect, hard work, and dedication. We could not be prouder of this year’s team.”

For the 2021-22 season, the RCS varsity football team finished their season with 10 wins and three losses, captured the first Section II Class B Champions since 2004, were also crowned NYS East Regional Champions, and were a New York state semifinalist.

A special run that will be remembered by the RCS community.

Additional coverage of this game can be found here by Spotlight News.

Cover Photo and Photos Below Provided by Jennifer Kennedy