Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's defense dominates Super Bowl

If one looked beyond all the gaudy offensive numbers that the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team put up this season, they would see another impressive number: seven.

That's the number of shutouts the Spartans defense has posted this season a list that includes last Saturday's 19-0 victory over Bishop Maginn in the Section II, Class A Super Bowl at Colonie Central High School.

BH-BL (10-0) barely allowed Maginn (9-1) a first down the entire game, as it held the Golden Griffins to 121 net yards. The only time that Maginn threatened to score was on its first drive of the third quarter when it got to BH-BL's 20-yard line before a fumble ended the series.

I've got to give credit to the defense. To shut out Maginn is a great accomplishment," said senior quarterback Paul Layton, one of a small group of holdovers from BH-BL's 2006 Section II championship team.

"Our defense was lights out. They played great," said BH-BL coach Matt Shell.

Maginn's defense did what it could to keep BH-BL from running away with the game. The Golden Griffins forced two Spartan fumbles and kept BH-BL out of the end zone on three more occasions when the Spartans had driven inside Maginn's 20-yard line.

"Maginn is a great team, and a great team will make you (make mistakes)," said Shell.

BH-BL had a good start to the game when tailback Eric Vuillaume capped the Spartans' first offensive series with a 1-yard touchdown run. However, Layton missed the extra point kick " a rarity for him " to leave BH-BL with a 6-0 lead.

Another rare occurrence happened later in the first quarter. After BH-BL's next drive stalled at Maginn's 15-yard line, Layton's 32-yard field goal sailed well over the goalposts but wide, leaving the Spartans clinging to their 6-0 lead.

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