Football: Spartans get another shot at state title

Big plays in second half help Burnt Hills beat Cornwall

— The second big play came on BH-BL's ensuing series when sophomore tailback Dan Maynard took off on a 60-yard run to move the Spartans to Cornwall's 15-yard line. Maynard slipped a tackle in the secondary and had clear real estate for a 75-yard touchdown run before a Cornwall defender tripped him from behind.

"There was no doubt in my mind that I had an easy path to the end zone," said Maynard. "I just ran as fast as I could."

Maynard's long run set up Josh Quesada's 10-yard touchdown scamper a short time later, which gave BH-BL a 21-13 lead.

The Spartans caught a break later in the third quarter. Cornwall drove to BH-BL's 2-yard line, but on fourth-and-goal receiver Alex Cruz let a sure touchdown pass go through his hands.

"He (Cruz) ran a good route to the outside. We were lucky that he dropped it," said Danz.

"I didn't even see it. I thought it was a touchdown," said BH-BL coach Matt Shell. "I thought he caught it, and then my coaches told me he dropped it."

The Spartans found themselves starting another drive deep in their own territory, but two more big plays by the offense got them in scoring position. Maynard took off on a 30-yard run to get BH-BL into Cornwall territory. Then on third-and-long at Cornwall's 32-yard line, BH-BL quarterback Ryan McDonnell scrambled to his right and threw a 24-yard pass to wide receiver Eric Dillon to keep the drive going. Two plays later, Maynard plunged into the end zone from two yards out to make the score 28-13.

"Two 95-plus yard drives is very impressive for high school guys," said Shell.

The rest was left to BH-BL's defense. Shomari Ingram picked off a deep pass by White with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter, and Danz batted away a fourth-down throw into the end zone with 1:06 left to seal the victory.

"Our coverage downfield was excellent (all game)," said Shell. "We accomplished what we wanted to do."

Maynard rushed for 155 yards, and McDonnell threw for 82 yards and a touchdown for BH-BL. More importantly for the Spartans, their defense limited White to 182 yards and picked him off three times.

"They threw the ball very well, and you don't see that very often," said Shell. "Just to be able to play great pass defense, it helps us a lot for next week because Sweet Home plays a similar style of offense."

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