Niskayuna gets a second shot at Troy

The Niskayuna football team will get a second chance to beat Troy.

The Silver Warriors (5-3) travel to Troy (8-0) for Saturday's Class AA Sectional semifinal.

The rematch comes three weeks after the Flying Horses defeated Niskayuna 35-28 in overtime in their Liberty Division game.

They're very comfortable playing Troy, said Niskayuna coach John Furey. "We can do things that cause Troy trouble."

Niskayuna caused plenty of trouble for Saratoga Springs in last week's quarterfinal game. The Silver Warriors scored three touchdowns in the second quarter on their way to a 34-27 victory over the defending Section II champions.

"We've got a powerful offense, but we kept the lead with our defense," said Furey.

Quarterback Kyle Bayly continued to light up opposing defenses. The senior signal caller threw for 221 yards and four touchdowns to lead Niskayuna to the mild upset.

"He's got a great sense, he's got a great ability and he's worked really hard to become a great quarterback for us," Furey said of Bayly, who has thrown for nearly 1,000 yards in the last three games.

Saratoga (4-4) built a 14-7 lead before Bayly got to work. He orchestrated three scoring drives in the second quarter " the first of which took little time as he connected with Nick Schuler on a 66-yard touchdown pass. Bayly followed that with scoring strikes of 29 yards to Rob Hilweh and seven yards to Josh Callahan to give the Silver Warriors a 28-14 halftime lead.

The Blue Streaks got back into the game late in the third quarter when Jaime Perez capped a drive with a 7-yard touchdown run, but the extra point kick went wide, which left them with a 28-20 deficit.

It didn't take Niskayuna long to regain its two-touchdown lead. Bayly threw into tight coverage and connected with AJ Akpanikat, who broke away from two Saratoga defenders and cruised into the end zone for a 63-yard scoring play that made the score 34-20.

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