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BALLSTON SPA: Scotties' speed burns Troy

Decker contributed 80 yards and a touchdown, and Marciano added 67 yards and a scoring run for the Scotties, who travel to Guilderland Friday for a shot at the class AA Super Bowl. Ballston Spa defeated Guilderland 32-27 during the regular season.

"We know they're going to have the revenge factor," said Bowen. "We're going to have to come out next week with the same intensity level we had today."

Shenendehowa and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake also advanced to the semifinal rounds of their playoff brackets with wins last Saturday. Shen (7-1) knocked off Colonie 28-14 in the class AA quarterfinals, while BH-BL (7-1) downed Gloversville 41-13 in the class A quarterfinals.

Shen broke its game open with a big play late in the second quarter. The Plainsmen forced a Colonie punt near midfield, and Mike Daly returned it 82 yards for a touchdown to give Shen a 21-7 halftime lead.

The Garnet Raiders (4-4) cut the 14-point deficit in half on Joe Poleto's 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but Jason Bedard added a 13-yard scoring run late in the fourth quarter to seal the Plainsmen's win.

Bedard rushed for nearly 160 yards and two touchdowns to help Shen reach Friday's class AA semifinal against Liberty Division champion LaSalle in Troy.

BH-BL also used a big second quarter to put away Gloversville in the class A quarterfinals. Quarterback Paul Layton threw two touchdown passes to Ross Batty and added a 52-yard touchdown run to give the Spartans a 21-6 halftime lead on the Huskies.

Layton added a 51-yard scoring strike to Derek Seward and a 19-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to extend BH-BL's lead to 35-6. The junior signal caller finished with 96 rushing yards and 87 passing yards to lead the Spartans' offense.

BH-BL hosts Amsterdam Friday in the class A semifinals. The Rugged Rams (6-2) were the only team to defeat the Spartans during the regular season.""

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