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Guilderland gains victory, final playoff berth

Dutchmen run past Bethlehem in regular season finale

— Henningham rushed for 57 yards and had one catch for 24 yards, and Conor Gallup gained 54 yards on eight carries for the Dutchmen. Graves led the Eagles with 84 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and Silver caught five passes for 59 yards.

Guilderland travels to East Greenbush next weekend to face a Columbia team that has won its last six games after suffering a 32-28 season-opening loss to Shaker. The Blue Devils (5-1, 6-1) wrapped up the Liberty Division title with a 53-12 victory over Colonie and Shaker's 30-27 loss to Niskayuna.

Penna said his Dutchmen will be ready for the challenge of facing Columbia. "I think any time you enter the playoffs, you have to enter them believing you can beat anybody, and I believe we have the team to do it," he said.

Bethlehem will find out which team it will play in the first consolation round game when the Section II football committee holds its seeding meeting Sunday. Whoever it winds up being, Leach said his team will be looking to continue its string of solid performances after a rocky 1-2 start.

"We played like a top-eight team tonight, even though we didn't wind up being one of the top eight," said Leach.

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