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Burnt Hills rolls in opener

Newcomers lead BH-BL past Gloversville

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Jack Guba, center, eludes a Gloversville defender during last Friday’s home opener.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Jack Guba, center, eludes a Gloversville defender during last Friday’s home opener. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— In other football action this weekend, Shenendehowa travels to Guilderland and Ballston Spa goes to Schenectady in a pair of Class AA contests, while Saratoga hosts Bethlehem and Saratoga Central Catholic welcomes Cambridge to East Side Recreation Field.

Ballston Spa (1-0) is coming off a 22-18 victory over Guilderland last Friday in a game that could have easily gone in favor of the visiting Dutchmen. Guilderland led 18-7 entering the fourth quarter, despite having two touchdowns called back due to penalties.

The Scotties pulled within three points when Matt McDonald scored on a 25-yard touchdown run and John DeGuardi threw a two-point conversion pass. Then late in the fourth quarter, McDonald caught a tipped DeGuardi pass and raced to Guilderland’s 27-yard line. DeGuardi scored on the next play from scrimmage to give the Scotties the lead for good.

Shen and Saratoga had no problems in their season openers last Friday. Shen (1-0) rushed for 550 yards in a 50-0 victory over Bethlehem, while Saratoga (1-0) cruised past Albany 40-6.

Tony Fusco led Shen’s ground game with 208 yards and two touchdowns. Jared Allen came off the bench in the second half and scored on runs of 69 and 42 yards.

Jesse Spencer had a big game for Saratoga against Albany. He rushed for two touchdowns and returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter 77 yards for a score. Quarterback Brett Merriman also ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third.

Friday night’s game against Cambridge marks the first home appearance for Saratoga Catholic (0-1) since it reinstated varsity football for the second time. The program returned to the varsity level in 2008 after more than two decades in mothballs, but it dropped out last year due to a lack of players.

The Saints fell to Lake George 40-12 in their first game last Friday. Andrew Hadeka scored both of Saratoga Catholic’s touchdowns.

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