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Saratoga Springs sinks Guilderland

"That (Guilderland) touchdown right before the half really inspired the kids," said Jones. "They came out crisper on defense in the second half."

"Against a team like Saratoga, it's very difficult to dig out of a hole like that," said Penna.

Pollacchi only rushed for 48 yards, but he had plenty of help from fellow tailbacks Ford Plowman, Ben Cook and Tony DeLoatch. Plowman, Cook and DeLoatch combined to rush for 85 yards and two touchdowns as Saratoga pounded the ball at Guilderland's defense.

"The one thing about our team is that when we need them, they're fresh," Jones said of his running backs. "They're not carrying the ball seven, eight or nine times in a row. They're rotating the carries, and the nice thing about it is they will rotate themselves. They'll take themselves out if they're feeling tired."

Saratoga moves on to face Columbia in the opening round of the Section II, Class AA playoffs Friday, while Guilderland hosts Shaker in a crossover game.

The Saratoga-Columbia game could turn into a defensive battle, since both teams have been stingy when it comes to giving up points. Saratoga has allowed more than 21 points twice in seven regular season games, while Columbia has done so four times.

"Defensively, I think we run to the ball very well," said Jones. "We have a defense built on speed.""

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