The Ballston Spa football team flew under the radar for six weeks.
Now with one eye-popping performance against Colonie, the Scotties are the team to beat for the Section II, Class AA title.
Ballston Spa rushed for more than 300 yards and shut down Colonie's offense in a 31-14 victory last Friday.
I'm just so proud of the whole group, said Ballston Spa coach John Bowen. "We've got 28 kids with unbelievable pride in what they do."
"They came up with the plays when they needed them " we didn't," said Colonie coach Mike Ambrosio.
The victory not only gave Ballston Spa (3-1 division, 6-1 overall) the Division I title in a tiebreaker over Colonie, but also the No. 1 seed for Sectionals. Colonie (3-1, 5-2), which led Division I throughout the first six weeks, dropped to the No. 6 seed.
"We didn't want to leave things in other teams' hands. I told the kids we had to control what we could control," said Bowen.
The Scotties controlled Colonie's offense for most of the game. They limited leading running back Heath Furbeck to 19 yards on nine carries and didn't allow quarterback Tom Duff to complete a deep pass.
Meanwhile, Colonie's defense had a hard time stopping Ballston Spa's option running game. Though no Scottie gained more than 100 yards, three players " led by quarterback Dom Monaco " had more than 50 rushing yards.
"Our defense is getting a lot of accolades for allowing the fewest points (in the league) but I'll tell you, our defense is driven by what our offense can do," said Bowen.
The one breakdown Ballston Spa had came on the first play of the game. Furbeck caught the opening kickoff at his own 1-yard line and raced all the way for a touchdown that put Colonie ahead 7-0.