Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans preview

League: Class A Division 2

Head coach: Matt Shell

Key veterans: Brandon Beatty (sophomore RB/DB), Kyle Charon (senior OL/DL), Kevin Crowley (senior OL/DL), Keaton Flint (sophomore WR/DB), Connor Hadcock (senior OL/LB), Nick Henderson (senior RB/DB), Paul Layton (senior QB/K), Tyler Paluba (junior RB/DB), Chris Van Alstyne (senior OL/LB), Erik Vuillaume (senior RB/LB)

Key newcomers: John Acors (junior OL/DL), Mike Matrazzo (senior RB/LB), Jacob Meyers (junior TE/DE), Zach Morton (junior TE/DE), Jahi Owens (junior RB/DE), Justin Quesada (junior OL/DL)

Outlook: The Spartans came within a whisker of repeating as Sectional champions last year. To have another shot at the Class A title this year, though, they will have to survive a tough schedule that includes Amsterdam, Glens Falls and Queensbury.

The division is really good, said Shell. "There's quality teams on both sides (of Class A), so if you're not ready to play, you're going to be in trouble."

The offense should put up a lot of points again with the return of Layton, Henderson and Beatty.

"Whenever you have a veteran quarterback (like Layton), it makes it easier to install your offense (in the preseason)," said Shell.""

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