The Ballston Spa football team proved once again that great speed can overcome great size.
The smaller, quicker Scotties (7-1) rushed for nearly 300 yards and five touchdowns to defeat the bigger, stronger Troy Flying Horses 34-21 in Saturday's Section II, Class AA quarterfinal game in Troy.
The kids go out week to week and defy the laws of physics, said Ballston Spa coach John Bowen.
Ballston Spa never seemed to lose any steam against Troy (6-2). With Steve Duncan, Eric Marciano and Dan Decker testing the corners of the Flying Horses' defense and occasionally taking the ball up the middle, the Scotties consistently moved down the field.
Defensively, Ballston Spa made two big plays to prevent Troy from posting a comeback. Midway through the third quarter, the Scotties stopped the Flying Horses on fourth down at their own 4-yard line to end a Troy scoring threat.
Then in the fourth quarter, Matt Clark forced Troy quarterback Zach Dolan to fumble the ball near midfield, and Jason Ohnsman recovered the loose ball for Ballston Spa. That set up the Scotties' final scoring drive.
"I think the momentum really tipped on that (third quarter) goal line stand," said Bowen. "You can throw out the Xs and Os on a goal line stand because it all comes down to desire and heart, and our kids showed that they had more heart (than Troy)."
Duncan seemed to have a nose for the end zone at critical times. The senior tailback got Ballston Spa on the scoreboard with a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and then gave the Scotties a boost early in the third quarter with a 61-yard scoring run that put his team ahead 21-7. Duncan capped Ballston Spa's scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory.