Ballston Spa tied the game with 2:54 left in the second quarter. Dom Monaco connected with Ryan Ostrander on a 24-yard pass to move the Scotties near midfield. Three plays later, Monaco pitched the ball to junior Eric Marciano, who scooted to the outside and ran 54 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Baldani added the extra point to make the score 14-14.
That was the last time the Scotties were close to the Brothers. CBA scored two touchdowns in the final 1:15 of the second quarter to regain the lead. First, O'Brien found Michael Chaires with a pass up the middle, and Chaires split three defenders for a 28-yard touchdown. Then, Dave Chambers recovered a Ballston Spa fumble on the ensuing kickoff at the Scotties' 35-yard line. Three plays later, O'Brien connected with Rajczak on an 11-yard scoring strike to make the score 28-14.
"After they scored that third touchdown to make it 21-14, it was very difficult for us to get our kids to bounce back," Bowen said.
Zappone added touchdown runs of 32, 44 and 37 yards in the third quarter to help blow the game open. Anthony Camuglia capped CBA's scoring with a 41-yard fumble return for a touchdown late in the third quarter.
Monaco added a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late for Ballston Spa.
"This team possessed a tremendous amount of heart and desire, and they took this program and said not only do we belong here, but we can also compete at the highest level. I told them that they stamped that on this program this season," Bowen said.""