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BALLSTON SPA: Shen denies Scotties

The second Ballston Spa series went much like the first. Duncan, Dan Decker and Eric Marciano sliced through Shen's defense, and Decker finished the drive off with a four-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to make the score 14-0.

"We had a couple of new wrinkles that they hadn't seen, and that seemed to work (in the first half)," said Bowen.

The Plainsmen's offense got in gear midway through the second quarter. Bedard capped a four-minute drive with a five-yard touchdown run, but Seth Watson's extra point clanged off the goalpost, leaving Shen with a 14-6 deficit.

Ballston Spa responded quickly with another Decker touchdown run and a Jordan Kaplan extra point to take a 21-6 lead, but Shen got back in the game 17 seconds before halftime when Darrell Evans scored on a four-yard touchdown run. A five-yard delay of game penalty against Shen only delayed Evans' two-point conversion run, which cut the deficit to seven points at halftime.

Both teams squandered scoring chances in the third quarter. Shen appeared to have a first down deep in Ballston Spa territory after Miller completed a long pass, but it was called back because of a holding penalty and the Plainsmen punted two plays later. The Scotties drove to Shen's 15-yard line later in the quarter, but the Plainsmen stopped Tony Sawyer on a fourth-down run to end the series.

The key sequence in Shen's comeback came in the fourth quarter. The Plainsmen pinned Ballston Spa deep in its own end, and sophomore Suhayb Banks returned a punt more than 30 yards to set Shen up inside the Scotties' 20-yard line. Seven plays later, Evans ran through the heart of Ballston Spa's defense for a six-yard touchdown, and Watson added the extra point to tie the game at 21.

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