Ballston Spa (7-2) got on the scoreboard later in the second quarter on Dan Decker's 1-yard touchdown run, but Guilderland's defense came up big to prevent the Scotties from gaining any additional momentum. Smith's first interception stalled a Ballston Spa drive, and his second late in the fourth quarter ended the Scotties' final series.
Smith added a 3-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to provide Guilderland with some insurance. The senior signal caller finished with nearly 60 rushing yards and 49 passing yards in his most balanced performance of the season.
"We've been throwing the ball far more effectively the last three or four games, and a lot of that has to do with our quarterback really maturing as a passer," said Penna.
Booker contributed more than 80 yards on 19 carries for the Dutchmen, who ran seven more plays than Ballston Spa's offense (48-41).
"Keeping an explosive offense off the field by holding on to the ball is the best defense," said Penna. "And that's what we have to do again this week (against LaSalle)."
Guilderland's defense will face its toughest challenge when it meets Liberty Division champion LaSalle in the Super Bowl. The Cadets (8-1) features a diverse attack between the running of tailback Marquis Terrell and the throwing of quarterback Jared Henkel. Terrell and Henkel combined for more than 350 net yards in LaSalle's 42-14 semifinal victory over Shenendehowa last Friday.
"It's really about containing their big plays and hoping our big guys (Booker and Smith) can come up with big plays," said Penna.""