The Christian Brothers Academy football team will make its first class AA Super Bowl appearance in seven years Friday night when it plays Colonie at 7 p.m. at Saratoga High School.
They're (Colonie) tough, and we're happy to have them. It will be another challenge for us, said CBA coach Jim Smith.
The No. 5 seeded Brothers punched their ticket with a 55-20 rout of top-seeded Ballston Spa last Friday night in a class AA semifinal game.
"We made a few mistakes, and CBA did an outstanding job tonight. Against a team of this caliber, you can't afford to give up free points, returns or fumble footballs away," Ballston coach John Bowen said.
Senior tailback Joe Zappone had a big game for CBA (6-3). The senior rushed for 250 yards on 29 carries and scored four touchdowns " three of which came during a 27-point third quarter that sealed the victory.
"Zappone had a great second half, and it's tough to recover when your down by that. He broke off a couple of big runs after we were up by 14 (points) and scored a couple of times," Smith said.
Meanwhile, Ballston Spa (7-2) had to make do without one of its top weapons after senior tailback Anthony Scarpetti injured his leg early in the first quarter.
"We lost the heart and soul of our team there, and you don't replace 'Scar.' We only have 28 guys, so we're not super deep, and when you lose a kid who means so much, it really eats at you," Bowen said.
Ballston Spa got on the scoreboard first after Steve Duncan capped a 70-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. Kyle Baldani's extra point made it 7-0.
The Brothers' evened the score on Zappone's 1-yard touchdown plunge later in the first quarter. Then, quarterback Jim O'Brien capped a 10-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Joe Rajczak. Ryan Kelly's extra point gave CBA a 14-7 lead.