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Ballston Spa (8-2) gained some momentum entering halftime, though. Starting from its own 20-yard line with less than two minutes left in the second quarter, the Scotties drove through Saratoga's defense. Tailback Kyle Warmt capped the series when he caught a short pass from quarterback Mark Seager and tiptoed down the left sideline nine yards for a touchdown that pulled Ballston Spa within seven points.

The momentum swung back in Saratoga's favor early in the third quarter when Hunter Hinds recovered a Ballston Spa fumble at the Scotties' 12-yard line. Fauler hit Joey Moore on an 11-yard touchdown pass a short time later to give Saratoga a 21-7 lead.

Nick Daley " who routinely placed Ballston Spa deep in its own territory with booming kickoffs " contributed a 39-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, and Fauler added a 2-yard scoring strike to J.B. Noonan to cap Saratoga's victory.

Saratoga earns a bye through the state regionals. The Blue Streaks will face either Section IX champion Monroe Woodbury or Section I champion New Rochelle in next weekend's state semifinal game at Kingston's Dietz Stadium.

"We never thought we could be in the final four in the state, and now we are," said DeLoatch.

Spartans rally past Troy

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team needed a big second half to defeat Troy 33-18 in last Saturday's Class A Sectional final at Shenendehowa High School.

The Spartans (10-0) trailed 12-7 late in the third quarter before things started going their way. Evan Nusbaum intercepted a Troy pass near the BH-BL goal line. A short time later, quarter-back Phil Neumann threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Paluba to give the Spartans a 14-12 lead.

Neumann capped BH-BL's next offensive series with a 15-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Then, Nusbaum added a 3-yard scoring run to put the Spartans ahead 27-12.

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