Spartans rule Section II

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team won its first Section II title, and the Spartans made it look easy.

Kyle Holmes and D.J. Moore each rushed for more than 100 yards, and BH-BL's defense limited Lansingburgh's running backs to a combined total of 135 yards as the Spartans defeated the Knights 37-7 in last Saturday's class A Super Bowl at Colonie Central High School.

It's a good feeling, but it's more about the kids, said BH-BL coach Matt Shell. "These kids are special. As seventh- and eighth-graders, you could see they were special. You never know what will happen when they move up the varsity level, but we had a good feeling about them."

The 4,000 fans that packed Colonie's football stadium expected a battle between two of the most explosive offenses in Section II, but only BH-BL's offense clicked. Holmes and Moore consistently hit the holes provided by the offensive line, while Lansingburgh's dynamic duo of Kenny Youngs and Mike Hepp had trouble breaking through the Spartans' defense.

"They've got some great players. You've got to give them respect," said defensive lineman Alex Palkovic, who had a key fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter. "But we were united, and that was what won us the game."

"Defensively, they're awesome. They've played extremely well all year," said Shell.

Holmes got BH-BL (10-0) on the scoreboard early in the second quarter when he found a seam in the middle of Lansingburgh's line, got a key downfield block and sprinted 61 yards for a touchdown. Paul Layton's extra point was blocked, but the Spartans had a 6-0 lead.

Following a Layton 27-yard field goal to make the score 9-0, Lansingburgh had a chance to close the gap later in the second quarter. Quarterback Chris Gallo found a hole on the right side of BH-BL's line, broke a pair of tackles downfield and was heading for a sure touchdown when he fumbled the ball outside the goal line. The ball rolled through the back of the end zone for a touchback that gave Burnt Hills the ball at its own 20.

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