The Blue Streaks recovered from those mistakes with an 80-yard scoring drive capped when Willmott caught his third pass of the series from Fauler, broke a couple of tackles and raced into the end zone to get Saratoga within a point.
"He's a great football player," Jones said of Willmott, who also caught a 71-yard touchdown pass from Fauler in the first quarter. "He battled some health issues in the game, but he came through for us when we needed him."
Following the blocked extra point, Saratoga tried an onsides kick, but Gargiulo fell on the ball to give Ballston Spa another offensive series. Even though the Scotties punted after three plays, they ran enough time off the clock to make it too difficult for Saratoga to pull off a comeback.
"The defense for both squads was the reason why the game was what it was," said Bowen.
Neither team has a lot of time to rest. Ballston Spa travels to Shenendehowa next Thursday, while Saratoga hosts Albany.
"It certainly goes a long way towards winning the division," said Bowen.""