Saratoga steals Bethlehem's night under the lights

The Blue Streaks responded with a more time-consuming drive. This time, it took them several plays before sophomore running back Travis Mooney scored on a 3-yard run that put them ahead 14-0.

Bethlehem was undaunted by the potential 14-point reversal of fortune. The Eagles entered Saratoga's half of the field once again on a drive that bridged the first and second quarters before the Blue Streaks forced and recovered a fumble.

That turnover led to a third Saratoga scoring drive -- one which ended when Kyle Willmott made a juggling catch on Fauler's pass and sprinted into the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown play. Ryan Vaughn added the extra point to give the Blue Streaks a 21-0 advantage.

Bethlehem needed some trickery to finally get on the scoreboard midway through the third quarter. First, the Eagles converted a fake punt on fourth down to keep their drive going. Then quarterback John Gosstola threw a lateral to tailback Mike Strohecker, who then heaved the ball downfield to Kyle Bossung for a 47-yard touchdown. The extra point kick was no good, though, leaving Bethlehem with a 21-6 deficit.

It wasn't long before the Eagles re-entered the end zone. They recovered a Saratoga fumble at the Blue Streaks' 23-yard line. Then, Gosstola connected with Bossung on two consecutive passes -- a 20-yard strike, and a 3-yard touchdown that brought Bethlehem within eight points. The two touchdowns came 32 seconds apart.

The momentum the Eagles gained ended on Saratoga's next drive, though. Fauler connected with Brian Owen on a 45-yard touchdown pass to put the Blue Streaks back up by 13 points.

"That touchdown took the wind out of their sails," said Jones.

Turnovers quickly piled up on Bethlehem following Saratoga's fourth touchdown. Gosstola was intercepted twice, and the Blue Streaks forced a fumble at Bethlehem's 13-yard line. Saratoga scored on two of the three series following those turnovers to build its final margin of victory.

"They made the defensive plays when they had to make them," said Leach.

The victory moved Saratoga into a third-place tie with Christian Brothers Academy, which lost to Ballston Spa 28-7 Friday. Bethlehem dropped into a fifth-place tie with Guilderland, which surprised division-leading Shenendehowa 37-13. Saratoga plays Shen (4-1, 5-1) next weekend, while Bethlehem visits Guilderland (2-3, 3-3).""

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