BALLSTON SPA: Scotties nip Dutchmen

The offenses quickly heated up after that. Three plays into Ballston Spa's next series, Marciano found a seam and ran 55 yards for a touchdown. Kaplan added a two-point conversion with a fake extra point kick that he turned into a pass to Max Rosenberg to increase the Scotties' lead to 32-14 with 2:03 left in the third quarter.

Smith quickly put Guilderland into scoring position at the end of the third quarter with a long pass that deflected off a Ballston Spa defender's hands to Parker Wolff at the Scotties' 8-yard line. Four plays later, Smith dove into the end zone from one yard out to pull the Dutchmen within 12 points with 9:55 left in the fourth quarter.

Smith engineered another long drive later in the fourth quarter. Using a mix of runs and short passes to Nick Ranalli, Smith guided Guilderland to Ballston Spa's 12-yard line. He took the ball himself the rest of the way to cut the Scotties' lead to five points with 2:09 left.

"It was a matter of time because their offense is so explosive," said Bowen. "We had to contain them as much as possible."

Ballston Spa could have run the clock out on its next series, but a potential first down was nullified by a holding penalty. The Scotties were forced to punt with 50 seconds left, but a fortuitous bounce and a quick tackle on Smith placed Guilderland at its own seven yard line. Smith ran for one first down, but Schaefer's interception of Smith's Hail Mary allowed Bowen to finally relax.

"It easily took to that point," said Bowen. "It was just a matter of time with their offense. We just needed to make sure we put enough points on the board."

"We just need to make plays," said Penna. "We have some good athletes on this team, and we're going to learn that mistakes are hard to overcome against a good team."

Ballston Spa visits Christian Brothers Academy Friday, while Guilderland hosts Saratoga Springs.""

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