The Saratoga backfield trio of Vonzel Legall, Zorry Williams and James DeLoatch continued their domination over opposing defenses.
The three running backs combined for more than 300 yards of offense to lead the Blue Streaks to a 35-7 victory over Shaker last Friday in a Division I game at Saratoga.
The victory wrapped up the division title for Saratoga (3-0, 5-1) and moved the Blue Streaks a step closer to a possible No. 1 seed for the Section II playoffs.
This game tonight was the biggest game of the season to date. We had to clinch this, said Saratoga coach Blase Iuliano. "Our goal was to win the division, get into the playoffs as the top seed and win the Super Bowl. We're looking to go back there, but we have to take it one game at a time."
Legall led the way with 156 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns. Williams contributed 103 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown, while DeLoatch added 52 yards and a touchdown.
"We're a close-knit group, and we love to support each other," said Legall. "When we get in there, we run hard, keep our legs up and keep chugging."
DeLoatch got Saratoga on the scoreboard with a 30-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Legall then scored on a 20-yard run shortly before the quarter ended to extend Saratoga's lead to 14-0.
Legall struck again in the second quarter with a 21-yard touchdown run and added a 12-yard scoring run late in the third quarter to put the Blue Streaks up 28-0. Saratoga then took advantage of a Shaker fumble deep in Blue Bison territory to open the fourth quarter. Williams capped the short scoring drive with an 8-yard touchdown run to give the Blue Streaks a 35-0 lead.
Shaker " which struggled in all aspects of the game " got on the scoreboard on its last possession. Quarterback Ryan Gifford took off on a long run to Sara-toga's 25-yard line and then connected with Brian Tourtellott for a touchdown pass. Joey O'Rourke added the extra point to make the score 35-7.