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COLONIE: Dutch avoid CBA's upset bid

"He's only a sophomore, and already he's one of the finest running backs we have had here at CBA," Gormley said of Reilly, who finished with 87 yards on 17 carries. "The best thing is that he's got two more years of varsity football ahead of him."

Guilderland pulled even in the third quarter with another drive featuring Smith and Booker. Smith connected with Booker on a 25-yard pass, which set up a 3-yard scoring run by Booker three plays later. Genzano's extra point tied the game at 14.

The Dutchmen took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter. Smith faked a handoff to Booker and found Paul Malamood for a 25-yard pass that placed Guilderland inside CBA's 20-yard line. Booker scored his third touchdown three plays later to make the score 21-14.

"He's a gutsy player," Penna said of Booker, who finished with 95 yards on 18 carries. "He plays like he practices " he goes 100 percent. Whether he's on defense or offense, getting a two-yard gain or breaking off a long run, he plays the same, and we're real happy to have him back there."

CBA had several chances to tie the game, but it couldn't find the end zone. In one instance, two Guilderland penalties placed the Brothers on the Dutchmen 30-yard line, but the series stalled there. Another time, CBA got inside Guilderland's 20, but couldn't get any closer.

Guilderland returns to action Friday when it visits Ballston Spa, while CBA travels to Queensbury Saturday.

The Battle of Colonie also takes place this weekend, as Shaker travels to crosstown rival Colonie for a key Liberty Division game.

Shaker (1-3) and Colonie (2-2) are both coming off tough losses last weekend. LaSalle scored the final 23 points to pull out a 38-19 victory over Shaker Thursday, while Troy edged Colonie 21-14 Saturday on a late touchdown.""

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