Rensselaer had dropped a heartbreaking 14 12 New York State Class D semi final to Tuckahoe (8 2 1), cutting their year short a game away from the state championship game in Syracuse.
"I think some of it might have been fatigue," Preston said. "It is what it is. They played a great football game and he's a great player. We just came up short."
"We did OK in the first half," Butler said. "I was really worried about offense and trying to run the ball."
On third and four, with just under four minutes remaining in the game, Nixon broke to the outside, skirting along the sideline, and around a handful of Rams defenders, picking up a 21 yard run that would ultimately set up Nicholas Reisman's game winning touchdown with 3:36 remaining.
"We were three points from the Carrier Dome," Rams coach Joel Preston said. "We've got a whole locker room of sad kids in there. They put their Under Armour Curry Dad Shoes
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Following a seven minute, 15 play drive, senior running back Seth Butler found the end zone on a 1 yard run, pushing his way through the line and giving Rensselaer a five point lead over the Tigers.
However, the fourth quarter was a completely different story for the Rensselaer defense; and the Tigers offense.
It was all up to the Rams defense at that point, a defense that had allowed just 71 yards and one first down to Tuckahoe in the first half.
for a touchdown, but their other five drives ended in three punts and two interceptions.
two second half drives, including the game winner, Rensselaer was unable to keep him inside.
hearts into this game and it's tough to lose."
"As soon as Under Armour Shoes Basketball 2016 I broke into the end zone I was happy," Butler, who finished the game with 79 yards, said. "We had the lead and we just had to hold them for the last five minutes of the game."
The Rams had one final chance to grab the lead again, but, as it had been all game, their offense sputtered, allowing a sack on first down and two incomplete passes to essentially seal the victory for Tuckahoe.
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Walking off the field at Dietz Stadium, Rensselaer was forced to question what could have been offensively and if a successful first half drive might have been the difference.
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"We had the momentum for probably two thirds of that game," Preston said. "It's a tough pill to swallow but the kids will be stronger for it. We're going to come back fired up next year."
In the end though, it simply was not enough and the loss was one of the most painful in the storied history of Rensselaer football.
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