CBA pulls away from Saratoga

Ground game cashes in for Brothers

Saratoga's Dan Rittenhouse (46) tries to get past CBA's Nick Gentile during a Sept. 30 Empire Division game in Colonie.

Saratoga's Dan Rittenhouse (46) tries to get past CBA's Nick Gentile during a Sept. 30 Empire Division game in Colonie.

— Christian Brothers Academy's defense and running backs were too much for Saratoga Springs to handle.

The Brothers (5-0) gained 344 yards on the ground and forced seven turnovers to pull away for a 41-14 victory over the Blue Streaks in Friday's Empire Division football game.

Saratoga (1-4) did what it could to stay with CBA, but 21 unanswered points by the Brothers in the fourth quarter doomed the Blue Streaks.

"We fought hard until the end, when we ran out of gas," said Saratoga coach Terry Jones.

"It took us a little while to get going," said CBA coach Joe Burke. "Saratoga did a nice job of taking some things away from us early on, and it took us some time to make the adjustments."

Saratoga turned the ball over four times in the first half, yet CBA had a hard time taking advantage of those mistakes as it struggled to a 14-7 halftime lead. It wasn't until the fourth quarter that the Brothers converted Saratoga turnovers into scoring drives.

"Whatever the number was, it was too many [turnovers]," said Jones. "We talked about it all week, we talked about it all last week and we talked about it all season. We have to eliminate mistakes. Until we stop making mistakes and get our defense off the field, we're not going to win many games."

There was one moment where a turnover worked in Saratoga's favor. Jordan Wilcox intercepted a Ted Cillis pass and returned it to CBA's 3-yard line midway through the third quarter. Dan Rittenhouse scored on the next play from scrimmage to cut CBA's lead to 20-14.

Cillis injured his arm on the interception, which meant junior Drew Brundige had to come in and play quarterback for CBA. Brundige made the most of his time on the field as he directed four consecutive touchdown drives. In his first series, Brundige came up big with a 15-yard run on fourth down and 11 inside Saratoga territory to keep the drive alive. A short time later, Cameron Wynn scored on a 1-yard touchdown plunge to put CBA ahead 28-14.

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