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BALLSTON SPA: Shen denies Scotties

Jason Bedard wasn't going to let a sore shoulder or a Ballston Spa defender stop him.

The senior tailback took the handoff from Charles Miller, found a seam to the 1-yard line and stretched through a tackle into the end zone to give the Shenendehowa football team a dramatic 27-21 overtime victory over Ballston Spa in Friday's Empire Division game.

I was thinking run over anyone and get it in (the end zone), Bedard said of his winning touchdown.

Bedard gained 78 yards on 12 carries in the first half, but sat out the entire second half after injuring his shoulder on his last run of the second quarter. It was that rest, said Shen coach Brent Steuerwald, that gave Bedard something extra for his 11-yard touchdown run.

"He was rested, and that showed on the field," said Steuerwald. "He had that little extra zip, and that got him into the end zone."

All the more remarkable was the 180-degree turn the game took. After Ballston Spa (2-1) ran through Shen's defense in the first half to take a 21-14 lead, the Plainsmen (3-0) stopped the Scotties cold time and again in the second half, which allowed their offense a chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter.

"That was a team effort with the players and the coaches," said Shen defensive coordinator Greg Christodulu. "We made some adjustments, but it was the players who decided they weren't going down without a fight."

"We're going to go back and look at the film and see what went wrong," said Ballston Spa coach John Bowen. "You have to tip your hat to them, though. They made the adjustments."

Ballston Spa started strong in the first quarter. Using a variety of runners, the Scotties engineered a long drive that tailback Steve Duncan capped with an 11-yard touchdown run.

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