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BURNT HILLS: Spartans roll to homecoming win over Tartans

Ethan Gori became the fourth different Spartan to enter the end zone early in the second quarter. The senior running back took the handoff from Layton at BH-BL's 41-yard line, made a move past a Scotia-Glenville defender and took off on a 59-yard touchdown run. Layton's extra point sailed wide of the goalpost, but the Spartans still had a 27-0 lead.

All the while, BH-BL's defense kept Scotia-Glenville (1-2, 1-5) from getting anything going. The Tartans managed only two first downs in the first quarter and didn't enter the Spartans' end of the field until late in the second quarter. Even that required a little luck, as Ethan Revelia threw a halfback option pass to Niko Verrigni in coverage.

Verrigni was a major factor again later in that series when he leapt and caught a Dakota Aker pass inside BH-BL's 10-yard line. That set up Brett Evensen's 5-yard touchdown run with 24 seconds left in the second quarter. Eric Hoey added the extra point to pull the Tartans within 20 points of the Spartans at halftime.

Any momentum that Scotia-Glenville had going into the locker room quickly swung back in BH-BL's direction in the third quarter. Layton avoided a couple of tackles and got a good downfield block to complete a 50-yard touchdown run that put the Spartans up 34-7. Then, the Tartans fumbled the ball back to BH-BL at their 15-yard line, and Brandon Beatty took it from there into the end zone on the next play to give the Spartans a 41-7 lead.

Shell pulled his starters after Beatty's touchdown. The officials wound up pulling both teams off the field in the fourth quarter, though, after a thunderstorm appeared near the school.

Layton finished with 126 rushing yards on three carries and added 72 passing yards to lead BH-BL's offense. Gori contributed a season-high 100 rushing yards on five carries.

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