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Ballston Spa, Shenendehowa receive their assignments

"They squibbed kicks several times, and we had a difficult time fielding them," said Steuerwald. "So, it was only natural that they would do that again. I would have done the same thing. But this time, it bounced fortuitously into (Dehmer's) hands, and he took full advantage of it."

Quarterback Mark Seager had a big game for Ballston Spa against Shen. The junior rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown, and he completed five of six passes for 99 yards. Fullback Van Huyben added 69 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Shen's running game was also effective. Bronson Greene had his biggest game of the season, carrying the ball 18 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns, while Suhayb Banks had 146 yards on 20 carries. Banks also caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Kalish.

"Greene is coming along nicely," said Steuerwald. "He's only a sophomore, and he's learning the game quickly."

Both teams will have to play well offensively if they want to advance to next weekend's Class AA semifinals.

"We're going to have to score a lot of points (to beat Niskayuna)," said Steuerwald.

In Class A, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake enters Sectionals with a 7-0 record. The Spartans host Averill Park in Friday's quarterfinal round, with the winner meeting either Troy or Gloversville in next weekend's semifinals.

BH-BL enters the playoffs with a full head of steam after defeating Queensbury 42-6 last Saturday in its final regular season game. Quarterback Paul Layton rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Spartans.

Saratoga Central Catholic (1-6) won't be going to the Class D playoffs, but the Saints can hang their hats on a 49-20 victory over Whitehall last Friday " their first varsity win since 1987.

Shane Matthews scored four touchdowns including an 80-yard kickoff return to help Saratoga Catholic pull out the victory. Matthews finished with 226 rushing yards. ""

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