"When you go into halftime with a lead like that, you feel unstoppable like nothing will go wrong," Smith said.
Schenectady scored twice in the second half to cut Guilderland's lead in half. Ottati connected with Josh Mason on a 26-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter, and Ottati found Marcus Brandon for a 4-yard scoring strike early in the fourth quarter to make the score 26-13.
That was the last time Schenectady got into the end zone. Guilderland's defense shut down the Patriots after that, and Booker added a 3-yard touchdown run with 2:47 left in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
"I'm really pleased and a bit surprised that we held them down as much as we did," said Penna. "We knew that offensively Schenectady could strike, and we were able to shut them down for most of the game."
Booker finished with 124 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns, while Smith completed five of six passes for 69 yards to lead Guilderland into its first Sectional semifinal in more than three decades. Ottati threw for 123 yards, but Schenectady's leading rusher, Marc Thompson, was limited to 78 yards on 15 carries.
"We knew coming in that they had some big playmakers, but defensively we feel that we're a pretty strong football team," said Penna. "We knew if we could break down on tackles, contain Thompson and play solid coverage, we could hold them down some.""