REMSEN -- Remsen St. Mary's topped River Valley 50-44 Friday on the final play of the game.
RSM (1-3, 1-1) led throughout the second half of the back-and-forth game. The Hawks held leads of 2-8 points in the third and fourth quarters.
River Valley (2-2, 1-1) finally tied the game at 44-44 with just a minute left in the game.
The Hawks answered, as they did all night, with a game-winning drive. The final play had been missing from the RSM offense for much of the first three weeks of the season.
"The biggest difference was we finished drives," said RSM head coach Jordan Halvorsen. "We've had a lot of yards in each game, but we didn't finish the drives."
Quarterback Tyler Delperdang found Nate Roder on a fade in the end zone from eight yards out as time expired. The touchdown was Delperdang's eighth of the game and Roder's second receiving touchdown of the night.
RSM had managed just 40 points in the first three games combined before Friday's 50-point outburst.
"Because everything is pretty much new, obviously the more reps they get the more comfortable they start to feel with," Halvorsen said. "It definitely seems like it's starting to click a little bit more. Hopefully now we can start to expand it."
River Valley took the lead early on in the game, but RSM wrestled the lead back and held on until the final minute.
"I think it was really important for us to get that first (win) out of the way," Halvorsen said. "I think it kind of reenergized them a little bit and hopefully we can reel off a streak now."
Delperdang ran for four touchdowns and threw four more against River Valley. Elliott Conover caught Delperdang's other two passing touchdowns.
Full statistics from the game are not yet available. The statistics will be published in the Daily Sentinel when possible.
RSM's next game is an away game against Clay Central-Everly (0-4, 0-2) this Friday.