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Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake enters unchartered territory

Indian River cut into the deficit later in the third quarter when Corey Brown threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Andre Green, but that was as close as the Warriors would get. A 34-yard pass from Layton to Nick Henderson set up Tyler Paluba's 4-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and an Indian River turnover led to a 12-yard scoring run by Layton that sealed the victory.

For BH-BL, the trip to the regionals was more pleasant than its last trip to Watertown in 2006, when Indian River surprised the unbeaten Spartans 30-7.

"I think we were better prepared this time," said Shell. "Once you have an idea of how things work, you have a better idea of what to expect."

The Spartans may not have a good idea of what to expect in Friday night's state semifinal against Nyack, but Shell said his players know what is at stake " a berth in next weekend's state final at Syracuse's Carrier Dome.

"The kids know that they're four quarters away from the state finals, so that's some extra motivation for them," said Shell.""

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