O’Connor threw for 71 yards and rushed for 52 yards to lead Guilderland, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
“We didn’t execute well with our fundamentals, but I was proud of the fight that we had,” said Penna.
Guilderland closes out the regular season with a crossover game against Niskayuna (4-4). The Silver Warriors are coming off a 34-7 crossover win against Bethlehem last Friday.
“That was the first game where we didn’t play well,” said Bethlehem coach Rick Leach. “We were on our heels right from the opening drive, and we stayed on our heels the rest of the game.”
Niskayuna broke the game open with four touchdowns in the second quarter. Nate Martin capped two of the Silver Warriors’ four scoring drives with short touchdown runs, and quarterback Rob Singleton added a 13-yard scoring strike to Reed Williams to make the score 34-0 at halftime.
“We didn’t move the ball at all, especially in the first half,” said Leach. “Their defensive line dominated the action in the first half.”
Bethlehem will try to bounce back from its loss to Niskayuna when it hosts Bishop Maginn Thursday in a crossover game. The Golden Griffins (5-3) were eliminated from the Class A playoffs with a loss to Queensbury last Friday.
“They have a lot of team speed and some good skill players,” Leach said of Maginn. “It will be fun to play a different type of team.”
In other Section II play-off action last weekend, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (6-2) advanced to the Class B semifinals with a 17-14 win against Schuylerville.
Harland Hoose broke a 14-14 tie midway through the fourth quarter with a 25-yard field goal for the Indians. The RCS defense took over from there, as it stopped Schuylerville’s offense to preserve the victory.
The Indians took a 14-0 lead with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns. Tailback Cameron Greco scored on a 26-yard run, and Connor Zeoli added a 14-yard scoring strike to Ryan Rivers.