The Guilderland football team found out that no lead is ever safe Friday after LaSalle beat the Dutchmen 28-17 in the Class AA Super Bowl at Colonie Central High School.
The Cadets (9-1) engineered an improbable comeback scoring 28 points in the fourth after being down 17-0.
Frankly, I was a little surprised that we were shutting them out in the first half, Guilderland coach Dan Penna said. "I know that we played well, but I knew that a good football team like that was going to make some plays as well."
LaSalle running back Marquis Terrell flourished in the fourth quarter, scoring twice while rushing for 119 yards on 21 carries. He racked up 34 yards on the Cadets' first scoring drive, which culminated in a 10-yard pass from Jared Henkel to Lou DiNovo. Vinny Falzo's extra point made it 17-7 with 9:45 left.
The Cadets struck again on their next possession after Guilderland went four and out. LaSalle coach Al Rapp decided to go for it on fourth-down-and-five from Guilderland's 38, and Terrell rewarded him with a 38-yard touchdown run. Falzo's extra point made it 17-14 with 5:48 left.
Two plays into their next possession, the Dutchmen fumbled the ball in the backfield and LaSalle recovered at the Dutchmen 36. It took the Cadets five plays to get into the end zone " this time on a 2-yard scoring run by Terrell. Falzo's extra point put LaSalle in front 21-17 with 3:33 left.
"Once we fell behind, our kids were a little shaken, so I knew at that moment I wanted to make sure that we came back and played calm, and I thought we did that," Penna said.
Guilderland looked to be set up for the game winning touchdown when quarterback Andrew Smith ran the ball to LaSalle's 8-yard line, but he had the ball taken away in a pile by LaSalle's Brian Beaury. Beaury ran the fumble back 91 yards untouched with 15.9 seconds left to seal the victory and send the LaSalle sideline and its fans into a frenzy.