That was as close as Mohonasen got. Moore scored on a 9-yard run on the Spartans' ensuing drive and then caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Layton late in the second quarter to put Burnt Hills ahead 21-6. Layton threw his second scoring strike of the game midway through the third quarter when he connected with Chris Pena on a 19-yard touchdown pass to make the score 27-6.
Fullback Ben Batty, who contributed 22 yards, capped Burnt Hills' scoring with a 6-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
The Spartans have three games left in the regular season, including divisional games against Scotia-Glenville and Averill Park. But before they can worry about their class A rivals, they have a road trip to Queensbury Saturday in a continuation of their old Foothills Council rivalry. This time, though, the game won't affect the league standings, as Queensbury is now a class AA school. But Shell said it will be a good test for his team.
"They're a typical Queensbury team. They're very physical, and they're well coached," he said.
Playing Queensbury will help Burnt Hills in one area " defending the double wing offense. The Spartans will see the unusually-tight formation again Oct. 7 when they host Scotia-Glenville, and they could see it a third time if they meet class A newcomer Lansingburgh in the Section II playoffs.
"It's good because we'll get to see it two weeks in a row, rather than see it one week and then see it again three or four weeks later," said Shell. "It's easier to come up with a game plan if you've just seen it the week before."
Queensbury enters Saturday's game off its first loss of the season, a 21-19 setback against Saratoga last Thursday in a class AA Division I game.
The Blue Streaks (1-0 division, 3-1 overall) built a 21-6 lead on third quarter touchdown runs by quarterback Dan McLaughlin and tailback Zorry Williams.
The Spartans (0-1, 3-1) responded with two scoring drives in the fourth quarter, but a failed two-point conversion after Dom Marino's 6-yard touchdown run prevented Queensbury from tying the game.
Williams rushed for 106 yards, and Vonzel Legall added 42 yards and a touchdown for Saratoga, which plays Guilderland Friday. ""