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Dutchmen clinch playoff berth

Guilderland (3-1, 4-2) took advantage of Queensbury's misfortune. Smith broke free for a 47-yard run that moved the Dutchmen inside Queensbury's 35-yard line. Three plays later, Kevin Forbes found an opening through the left side of Queensbury defense and ran 28 yards for a touchdown. Nick Zanotta's extra point made the score 21-12 with 3:23 left.

Queensbury abandoned its run-based offense and tried to get the ball upfield through the air, but the tactic didn't work. Benway completed only one of his seven pass attempts on the series that ended at the Spartans' 43-yard line.

The Dutchmen could have run the clock out at that point, but Paul Booker saw some daylight. He broke free for a 20-yard gain on the first play and then took off on a 23-yard touchdown run on the next play to seal Guilderland's win.

Forbes and Smith each rushed for more than 100 yards to lead the Dutchmen's offense. Forbes also had a 4-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter to go along with his fourth-quarter scoring scamper.

Guilderland closes out the regular season Friday when it travels to Ithaca for an out-of-section game against the Little Red. After that, the Dutchmen will see whether they will have the No. 4 seed and a home game or get a road game as the No. 5 or No.6 seed when the playoff seedings are announced Sunday.

No matter where they are seeded, though, the Dutchmen can rest assured that they will be part of the playoffs " a rare feat for a program that has had only one winning season since 1990.

"This is huge," said Smith.""

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