Defense leads CBA past Saratoga

Saratoga tried getting back in the game on its first series of the second half. The Blue Streaks got inside the Brothers' 5-yard line with the help of a roughing the passer penalty against CBA, a long pass from Fauler to Brian Owen and a nine-yard run by Travis Mooney. CBA's defense stalled Saratoga's drive by forcing and recovering a fumble, and though the Blue Streaks got a safety one play later, it wasn't the seven points they were looking for.

The Brothers sealed the victory late in the fourth quarter. A 28-yard run by Antoinette set up Crotty for a 1-yard touchdown plunge for CBA's final points.

Williams led a balanced Brothers running game with 74 yards on eight carries. Antoinette gained 49 yards on six carries, and Zappone added 27 yards.

"It was a combination of things," said Crotty. "Our [offensive] line played so well, and our backs did a great job of running the ball."

"It's similar to last week's game against Guilderland [a 33-21 win]," said Burke. "We softened them up enough to move the ball on the ground."

CBA can put itself in position to win the Empire Division Friday when it hosts Shen. A victory over the Plainsmen could create a three-way tie for first between CBA, Shen and Ballston Spa (3-1, 3-1).

Shen remained undefeated with last Friday's 35-21 cross-divisional victory over Schenectady.

Tailback Bronson Greene staked the Plains-men to an early lead with a 9-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Running back Tony Fusco then capped Shen's next series with a 1-yard scoring run to put Shen ahead 14-0.

Greene added his second touchdown of the game in the second quarter before Shen's first unit defense allowed its first touchdown of the season " a 2-yard scoring run by Schenectady's Kirieme Pitts. Still, the Plainsmen had a 21-7 halftime lead, and they never looked back.

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