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

Stewart swung the momentum back on Nyack's side quickly. After fielding the ensuing kickoff at his own 6-yard line, Stewart found a hole along the right sideline and took off to put the Indians back in front.

Three things worked in BH-BL's favor, though. Nyack scored too quickly, missed the extra point and then shanked the kickoff out of bounds, which gave the Spartans the ball on their own 35-yard line and nearly five minutes to go the rest of the way.

"(The kickoff return) hurt, but we had confidence because we moved the ball well in the fourth quarter," said Shell.

BH-BL needed a couple of measurements to go its way during its ensuing drive, but the Spartans got the first downs they needed to get the ball deep into Nyack territory. Layton did the rest himself to propel BH-BL into the state finals.

The Spartans now have to contend with a red-hot Sweet Home team that knocked off defending state champion Aquinas (Rochester) 23-6 in the regional final and Corning West 48-8 in the other state semifinal. ""

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