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Scotties make history

The Ballston Spa football team made history last Saturday night.

The Scotties won their first Section II playoff game in 10 tries by fending off Queensbury 31-21 in a class AA quarterfinal game.

In my five years coaching here, we've been 0-3 in the playoffs, and we certainly wanted to get that monkey off our back. Tonight, we were able to do that, said Ballston Spa coach John Bowen.

The Scotties (7-1) relied heavily on their running game, which accounted for 228 yards and a touchdown. They opened up the scoring on quarterback Dom Monaco's first quarter 44-yard touchdown run. Kyle Baldani added the extra point to give Ballston Spa a 7-0 lead.

Queensbury (3-5) tied the game on Brad Middleton's 6-yard scoring run and Jeff Benway's extra point, but Ballston Spa answered with a 40-yard field goal by Baldani. The Scotties then increased their lead with a halfback option pass. Monaco, who kept the ball for four consecutive carries to start the drive, pitched the ball to Steve Duncan, who then threw it to a wide open Kevin Baldani for a 38-yard scoring pass. Kyle Baldani's extra point made it 17-7.

Ballston Spa scored the eventual game-winning touchdown on its last possession of the first half. Tim Spadaro's 34-yard run set up Monaco's 20-yard scoring strike to Duncan to give the Scotties a 24-7 halftime lead.

Queensbury made a game of it in the second half. Matt Howard scored from two yards out on the Spartans' first drive in the third quarter and added an 11-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to three points.

Ballston Spa sealed the victory later in the fourth quarter. Anthony Scarpetti gained 41 of his 47 rushing yards on five carries to bring the Scotties to Queensbury's 25-yard line. Then, Monaco connected with Eric Marciano on a 24-yard touchdown pass to give the Scotties some breathing room.

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