Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake rolls past Gloversville in divisional showdown

Seager started the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Warmt added a 56-yard scoring run a short time later to put the Scotties ahead 14-0.

Shen didn't go away in the first half, though. Xavier White pounced on a blocked punt and returned it six yards for the Plainsmen's first points. Quarterback Andrew Kalish then found Bronson Greene for a 20-yard touchdown pass to pull Shen within two points of Ballston Spa at halftime.

"We really felt that going into halftime, the score was not indicative of how we played," said Bowen. "There were a couple of mental mistakes and a couple of physical mistakes that we had to address."

The Scotties quickly shook off the second quarter slump. Seager marched Ballston Spa down the field and capped the series with his second 4-yard touchdown run of the game to make the score 20-12. Tailback Matt Clark added a 2-yard scoring run to increase the Scotties' lead to 27-12, and Shen never recovered.

"John Bowen did a great job of getting his team ready, especially on the defensive side," said Steuerwald. "There were too many three-and-outs on our side."

Ballston Spa will try to keep its record clean Friday when it hosts winless Albany, while Shen returns to Steuerwald Stadium to face Guilderland.

Bowen said the most important thing for Ballston Spa to remember Friday is not to take Albany too lightly. "If we get caught up at all in Albany's record, it will be a long night for us," he said.

Albany is coming off an impressive defensive effort in an 18-0 loss to Saratoga Springs last Friday at Bleecker Stadium. The Blue Streaks (1-0, 2-1) managed only one offensive touchdown in the game " a 15-yard scoring run by Luke Fauler in the third quarter.

Most of Saratoga's points came on defense and special teams. Tony DeLoatch returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown, while the defense recorded two safties.


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