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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.

— "We had them in a fourth-and-long situation, and unfortunately, the kid [Brundige] made a nice run to get a first down," said Jones. "If we held them there, it might have been a different game."

"Brundige had a nice scramble there," said Burke.

The CBA touchdowns only piled up from there. After Saratoga turned the ball over on downs near midfield, the Brothers mounted a series that culminated in Earl Ricketts' second touchdown of the night to make it 35-14. Backup Joe O'Hagan then scored on a 4-yard run late in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin of victory.

Ricketts led CBA's ground game with 105 yards, while Wynn contributed 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Cody Zappone added 62 yards and a touchdown for the Brothers.

"Any time that you have kids who are skilled running the ball is great, but we have to be able to throw the football as well," said Burke.

Rittenhouse had 54 yards on four carries to lead Saratoga.

CBA and Saratoga turn their attention to two of the top teams in the Empire Division next week. Saratoga plays Ballston Spa (4-1) Thursday, while CBA visits Shenendehowa (5-0) next Saturday on the night the Clifton Park school honors retiring coach Brent Steuerwald. Shen defeated Ballston Spa 37-20 Friday to remain tied with the Brothers on top of the Empire Division standings.

"Our kids are 5-0. We're fortunate that we are 5-0 and that we get the chance to play the team everyone is talking about," said Burke. "We certainly welcome the challenge."

Saratoga's challenge will be to put another loss behind it and prepare to face a Ballston Spa team looking for a bounce back win.

"Our goal is to win every game we play," said Jones. "It doesn't matter if you're in the playoffs or not. The goal is the same."

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