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BETHLEHEM: Scotties fend off Eagles in BC's home opener

The Ballston Spa football team avenged last season's 14-7 loss at Bethlehem with a 27-15 victory over the Eagles Friday in an Empire Division game.

Every time we come down here, it seems were in a dogfight. We know that (Bethlehem coach) Ron (Smith) is going to have his kids well prepared, and tonight was no different, Ballston Spa coach John Bowen said.

"I think Ballston Spa is a very good football team, and we always seem to match up well against them. But tonight, it was the big plays that hurt us," Smith said.

The Scotties (2-0) escaped with the victory despite committing four turnovers, which Bethlehem was unable to capitalize on.

"I can sit here and point to the turnovers that we had or the lack of timeliness in the penalties that we had. But the bottom line is you make your own breaks, and you make your own luck," Bowen said.

The Eagles (0-2) took an early 7-0 lead on a 12-yard run by Peter Berquist and an extra point by Sam Smith. The Scotties answered back on their next possession after quarterback Mark Seager found Steve Duncan for a 28 yard score. Jordan Kaplan's extra point tied it at seven.

Bethlehem regained the lead in the second quarter after a booming punt from the Eagles' 5-yard pinned Ballston Spa at its 10-yard line. The Scotties tried punting from their end zone four plays later, but the snap went over Kaplan's head and out for a safety.

Ballston Spa's offense took over in the second half due in large part to the running of Duncan and senior back Eric Marciano. Duncan and Marciano each had touchdown runs to put the Scotties ahead to stay. Marciano finished with 165 yards on 10 carries, while Duncan had 102 yards on six carries as the Scotties gained 314 yards on the ground.

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