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Eagles can't stop Raiders charge

The Colonie football team dominated in every facet of the game last Thursday night in a 33-13 Division II victory over Bethlehem at Colonie.

All three phases of the game are extremely important, and we hit on all cylinders tonight, said Colonie coach Mike Ambrosio. "We had a close game at Shaker, and we know we're about six inches away from being undefeated at this time."

"This was a clear domination by Colonie in every facet, especially special teams. We're not doing the little things, and we really need to evaluate ourselves and see how good we are at 2-2," said Bethlehem coach Ron Smith.

Colonie's offense was led by running back Heath Furbeck. The senior ran for 225 yards on 14 carries and three touchdowns. Furbeck ran 60 yards on the game's opening drive for his first touchdown and ran for an 85-yard score later in the first quarter to give Colonie (1-1 division, 3-1 overall) an early 14-0 lead.

"Heath's our main target, and we have Jimmy Kehrer outside with the passing attack. We're throwing the ball pretty well, and the backs Joe Poleto and Joe Miskewicz are doing a great job," Ambrosio said.

Bethlehem (1-1, 2-2) kept the game close in the first quarter thanks to a 16-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dave Plummer. Brian Pauquette set up Plummer's scoring scamper with a 36-yard run " which accounted for more than half of his 63 rushing yards.

Colonie had several opportunities to break the game open in the second quarter, but those attempts were halted by turnovers. The Garnet Raiders started out on their 12-yard line on the first drive of the second quarter and moved the ball down to the Bethlehem 2. But the Raiders fumbled on the next play, and Plummer recovered the loose ball in the end zone for a touchback.

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