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Football: Brothers survive scare

Two late touchdowns power CBA past Guilderland

Christian Brothers Academy’s Pete Luizzi scores the touchdown that pulled thr Brothers within a point of Guilderland in last Saturday’s Empire Division game in Colonie. Luizzi then threw the two-point conversion pass that gave CBA a 26-25 win.

Christian Brothers Academy’s Pete Luizzi scores the touchdown that pulled thr Brothers within a point of Guilderland in last Saturday’s Empire Division game in Colonie. Luizzi then threw the two-point conversion pass that gave CBA a 26-25 win. Robert Goo

— CBA pulled within a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter when Cameron Wynn scored on a 10-yard run. The Brothers missed the extra point, though, which left them down 25-18.

The Brothers got the ball back a short time later and mounted another drive that Luizzi capped by catching a short pass from Cillis and running untouched into the left corner of the end zone. It was the second touchdown for Luizzi, who also scored on a 64-yard punt return in the second quarter.

“You certainly need a game where you’re challenged,” said Burke. “Not only were we challenged, we were down two touchdowns. A come-from-behind victory really prepares you for the home stretch.”

CBA’s schedule only gets tougher from here. The Brothers travel to Saratoga Springs (1-3) Friday night and then visit Shenendehowa (4-0) Oct. 8 on the night where the Clifton Park school honors retiring head coach Brent Steuerwald. CBA finishes the regular season Oct. 14 against Ballston Spa (4-0).

“We will take it one at a time and see what happens,” said Burke.

In other Class AA foot-ball action last weekend, Shaker suffered a 21-14 loss to defending Section II Class A champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Friday, while LaSalle blew out Colonie 48-6 in a Liberty Division contest.

Shaker (2-2) had a hard time containing BH-BL running back Thomas Ruppel. The senior began the game with a 76-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give the Spartans (3-1) a 7-0 lead. He then caught a 12-yard scoring strike from quarterback Ryan McDonnell in the third quarter to put BH-BL ahead 14-7. Ruppel capped his evening with a 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Tyler Oppelt rushed for a touchdown, and quarter-back Chris Landers con-nected with Adrian Valen-tino on a 15-yard touch-down pass for the Blue Bison.

On the other side of Colonie, a disastrous se-cond quarter doomed the Garnet Raiders (0-4) against LaSalle. The Cadets (2-2) scored four times in the period, including Stephen Martinelli’s 29-yard interception return that put the visitors ahead 20-0. Colonie slowed down LaSalle’s attack in the second half, but the damage was done.

L-Iquan Ward led La-Salle with 110 rushing yards and a pair of touch-downs. Martinelli added a 12-yard touchdown run to his 29-yard interception return.

Colonie hosts Guilder-land Friday in a cross-divi-sional game, while Sche-nectady visits Shaker.

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