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Scotties send Raiders reeling

The Scotties came right back, though. Monaco threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Scarpetti to cap a 64-yard drive that tied the game at 7. Then, Chris Adams scored on a 7-yard run with less than four minutes left in the first quarter to put Ballston Spa ahead 14-7.

Colonie had a chance to tie the game late in the second quarter when it drove to Ballston Spa's 2-yard line. But, the Scotties stopped the Garnet Raiders twice at the goal line to force Colonie to turn the ball over on downs.

"We're always good in the red zone against other teams," said Scarpetti. "I think we're at our best in that area."

That defensive stand became more critical to the outcome a short time later. A 41-yard pass from Monaco to Ryan Ostrander got the Scotties deep into Colonie territory. Then, Kyle Baldani kicked a 22-yard field goal with seven seconds left in the first half to put the Scotties ahead 17-7.

Colonie took advantage of a Ballston Spa turnover early in the third quarter. After recovering a fumble at the Scotties' 20-yard line, the Garnet Raiders drove to Ballston Spa's 2, where they faced another fourth-and-goal situation. This time, Duff threw a screen pass to Jim Kehrer in the end zone for six points. Tyler Moffatt added the extra point to pull Colonie within a field goal.

That was as close as the Garnet Raiders got. Eric Marciano capped Ballston Spa's next series with a 4-yard touchdown run to put the Scotties up by 10 points again. Then in the fourth quarter, Marciano broke free for a 32-yard run that set up an 8-yard touchdown scamper by Scarpetti to increase the lead to 17 points.

Colonie tried to get a drive going midway through the fourth quarter. Duff completed a pass to Furbeck, but Furbeck fumbled the ball away after being hit by a Ballston Spa defender. The Scotties gained possession and executed a drive that took several minutes off the clock. By the time the Garnet Raiders got the ball back following a missed field goal, there was little they could do to erase the deficit.

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