QUEENSBURY — Queensbury running back Jason Rodriguez danced around defenders, turned on the afterburners and darted toward history.
Resting on the sidelines about midway through the third quarter, the gravest obstacle facing him were his sore muscles.
Rodriguez flirted with a Spartans football program record for both rushing touchdowns and rushing yards in a single game as host Queensbury ran past Mohonasen for a 43-21 Class A Grasso victory.
His second-to-last carry on his memorable day was a 65-yard touchdown run that came with 10 seconds left in the second quarter and resembled a foot race from a track and field meet.
As Queensbury raced out to 43-14 halftime advantage, Rodriguez entered halftime with 264 yards and six scores — zeroing in on both marks.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior finished with 17 carries for 276 yards — the second-most yards in a single game. Will Groff remains the school record-holder with 288 rushing yards in a 2002 game against Gloversville.
Rodriguez also tied a school record with six rushing touchdowns, tying the mark set last year by Liam O’Mara in a regular-season win over Burnt Hills.
About midway through the third quarter, Rodriguez could be seen on the sidelines slightly favoring his leg and stretching them out. He did not return as a precautionary measure.
“He was a little tight so he pulled him at that point,” third-year coach Matt Crossman said. “We took him off of all three — special teams, offense and defense. At that point, it wasn’t worth risking when it’s tight.”
Crossman said that he was unaware of the school rushing record or that Rodriguez was approaching the potential program record.
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“Just going about the game plan and he happened to take advantage of every opportunity that he had,” Crossman said.
During one stretch of his workload, Rodriguez ran for a touchdown on five of seven touches. With 37 seconds left in the first quarter, he evaded one defender and then continued to run with the ball as the defender tugged on his jersey for a 5-yard score. After a punt by the Warriors (1-1, 1-1), Rodriguez took an inside handoff and found paydirt from 15 yards out with 7:41 left in the second quarter.
His fourth score came just 59 seconds later as he made a cutback maneuver and ran by the Warriors’ defense for a 50-yard dash. Following another Mohonasen punt, Rodriguez took it around the right end for a 13-yard touchdown with 1:12 left before intermission.
The Warriors struck back quickly on an 84-yard touchdown from quarterback Alek Britten to Alex Gannon, their second hookup of the day. Their first touchdown involved a scramble by Britten and a deflected ball into Gannon’s hands, who took it 75 yards for a touchdown.
Queensbury (2-0, 2-0) had Rodriguez, though, to answer right back. His game-breaker occurred just 42 seconds after Mohonasen scored.
Rodriguez did set the single-game school rushing record for a Queensbury player on their home field — the most since Groff ran for 241 yards against Scotia in 2002.
Defensively, Queensbury stymied the Mohonasen running game by holding the Warriors to negative yardage with 14 carries for minus 29 yards.
“If you make a team one dimensional, it does become easier,” Crossman said. “James Ward and Sean Collins did a great job at linebacker. Gabe Jacobs did really well at defense end. Coverage-wise, we put Patrick Morehouse on their best receiver, who did a decent job throughout the day.”