Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake isn't the flashiest football team in Section II, but it certainly is one of the best.
The Spartans remained undefeated by knocking off Mohonasen 34-14 last Thursday in Burnt Hills behind a combined 235 rushing yards and two touchdowns from tailbacks Kyle Holmes and D.J. Moore.
There's always room for improvement, and I think the kids realize that, said Burnt Hills coach Matt Shell. "But I'm happy because from week to week, we've beaten our opponents."
Holmes and Moore not only provided offense for the Spartans (2-0 division, 4-0 overall) against Mohonasen, but they also aided their defense by keeping Mohonasen's aerial attack on the sidelines for several minutes at a time while they ran through the Mighty Warriors' defense.
"They've worked extremely hard during the off-season to get to where they are now," Shell said of his two senior tailbacks. "They're not doing anything flashy out there. They're just naturally talented."
When Mohonasen had the ball, it turned to quarterback Pat Barnes. The senior completed 18 of 29 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown, but Burnt Hills' bend-but-don't-break defense prevented the Mighty Warriors from getting more points through the air.
"There were a few times we made mistakes, but a good quarterback will do that to you," said Shell. "I thought we did a good job, though."
Burnt Hills quarterback Paul Layton didn't pass the ball nearly as much as Barnes, but he got the most out of his throws. Two of his three completions went for touchdowns as the Spartans built a 34-6 lead.
"Paul's been playing well for us all year," said Shell. "He's very coachable, but again, he's got a lot of natural ability."
Holmes gave Burnt Hills a 7-0 lead by capping a long first quarter drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Mohonasen got close when Barnes connected with Josh Provost on a 57-yard scoring pass early in the second quarter, but the Mighty Warriors missed the two-point conversion, which left the Spartans a 7-6 lead.