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Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake secures a date at the Carrier Dome

But BH-BL's defense " which shut down Nyack's attack for much of the second half " came up with one more big play. Meyers and Zach Morton rushed Nichols as he dropped back to pass. Morton knocked the ball out of Nichols' hands, and Meyers fell on it to grab the turnover and seal BH-BL's victory.

The first half played out the opposite of the fourth quarter. Nyack caught the first break when it intercepted a Layton pass. A short time later, senior fullback Anthony Davis found a seam down the right sideline and rumbled his way 28 yards for a touchdown to put the Indians ahead 7-0.

The rest of the first half was a defensive showcase for Nyack, as it limited BH-BL to less than 100 net yards of offense " the first time that's happened to the Spartans all season.

BH-BL's defense also rose to the occasion, though. The Spartans stopped several Nyack drives to keep the deficit at 7-0 entering halftime.

"The defense was put in some tough spots, and to keep it 7-0 was a great credit to the kids," said Shell.

"We got shut down offensively in the first half, but our defense kept us in it," said Layton.

BH-BL's offense finally started clicking in the fourth quarter. The Spartans drove inside Nyack's 10-yard line early in the period, but a pair of holding penalties prevented them from getting a shot at the end zone. Then, Layton hooked a 27-yard field goal attempt wide of the right goal post, which still left the Spartans with a seven-point deficit.

Again, BH-BL's defense stepped up by stopping Nyack on three running plays and forcing a punt. The offense regained its momentum, easily driving inside Nyack's 10-yard line before Beatty scored on an eight-yard sweep to the right.

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