Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake rolls to divisional win

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team began its most important stretch of the season with a bang.

The Spartans scored on each of their first four possessions on their way to a 48-0 victory over Queensbury in last Saturday's Class A Northwest Division opener for both teams.

BH-BL (1-0 division, 3-0 overall) spends the next four weeks playing only divisional opponents, and that will determine where the Spartans are seeded for the Section II playoffs.

We have to go to Gloversville this Friday, which just won a close one at Glens Falls last week, said BH-BL coach Matt Shell. "If we can go on the road Friday and get a win, that will be a good one for us."

The Gloversville trip is always one Shell looks forward to, since he grew up in the Fulton County city.

"It's my hometown, and it doesn't matter how many years I've been at Burnt Hills. It's still special to go to my hometown," said Shell. "Plus, it's a divisional game for us. So, I can't get caught up in the emotion. I have to go out there to coach and do the best job I can."

The team Shell brings to Gloversville has been on a roll. Since beating Lansingburgh 25-15 in the opening game, the Spartans have posted back-to-back shutouts against Averill Park and Queensbury, outscoring them by a combined total of 90-0.

"We had to move some kids into new positions, and we're just getting comfortable in those new positions," said Shell. "Our defense has allowed only one touchdown so far, so they're playing well."

BH-BL's defense never let Queensbury's double wing offense take flight last Saturday. Other than one series in which Queensbury drove inside BH-BL's 20-yard line, the Spartans (2-1) had a hard time moving the ball, especially on the ground.

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