Any question about how good the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team is may have been answered in the second quarter of last Friday's Northwest Division showdown with Gloversville.
The Spartans (1-0 division, 3-0 overall) scored three touchdowns in the period on their way to a 46-6 victory over the Huskies.
I thought our kids played extremely well the whole ga,e, said BH-BL coach Matt Shell. "We made some big plays."
Quarterback Phillip Neumann led the charge with another strong performance. The senior threw for 158 yards and three touchdowns, including a 53-yard scoring strike to Keaton Flint late in the second quarter to give BH-BL a 27-6 halftime lead.
"It's been great because we've been able to throw the ball and run it," said Shell. "It's not 50-50 yet, but we have made some big plays through the air."
The game looked like it would live up to its billing early on, as both teams scored in the first quarter. Evan Nusbaum gave BH-BL an early 7-0 lead on a 27-yard touchdown run, but Gloversville (0-1, 2-1) answered with a drive capped by a Nick DiPasquale 3-yard scoring run. The two-point conversion failed, though, which allowed the Spartans to carry a 7-6 advantage into the second quarter.
BH-BL padded its lead after that. Neumann connected with Flint on a 25-yard touchdown pass to open the second quarter. Then, tailback Jahi Owens swept left for a 3-yard scoring run to make the score 21-6. Neumann ended the quarter with his long touchdown pass to Flint.
The third quarter was much like the second quarter. Neumann found Tyler Paluba for a 38-yard touchdown pass, and tailback Brandon Beatty capped another series with a 10-yard scoring run to turn the game into a blowout.
"We were able to keep momentum on our side and not allow them to make big plays," said Shell.