Colonie turned to Furbeck, and the senior running back didn't disappoint. Furbeck rushed for one first down and caught a pass for another first down to move the Garnet Raiders deep into Saratoga's territory. He then finished the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to put Colonie ahead 19-13 with 2:25 left in the third quarter.
Saratoga tried to rally, but its subsequent series was stopped at Colonie's 25-yard line early in the fourth quarter. The Garnet Raiders then ate more than eight minutes off the clock with a series of runs by Furbeck and quarterback Tom Duff. Furbeck finished the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run, and Duff added a two-point conversion pass to Marcus Malkiewicz to seal the victory.
"I think we had three offensive plays in the fourth quarter until the very end," said Iuliano. "We had some opportunities earlier in the game to score, and we didn't get the job done."
Poleto contributed 65 rushing yards, and Duff threw for 92 yards for Colonie. Legall paced Saratoga's offense with 115 yards, but he needed 26 carries to get there.
"I thought they played great defense and took away our running game," said Iuliano.
"I told them at the beginning whoever executed better was going to win (tonight)," said Ambrosio.
The win propels Colonie into a Super Bowl matchup against Christian Brothers Academy, which upended Ballston Spa 55-20 in the other class AA semifinal game last Friday. It"s the Garnet Raiders' first appearance since losing to Shenendehowa in the 2002 final.""