Guilderland started off the playoffs with a win over Colonie, but the Raiders did not go lightly, tying the game with less than two minutes to go. The Dutchmen kicked a game winning field goal with 1 second left. Guilderland 38-35.
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continued “We’ve run that play probably three or four times this season, with (injured tailback) Devon Edwards throwing it to Kevon,” said Roemer. “Obviously with Devon out, Kevon was the one throwing it this time.”
Colonie tailback Wayne Burt scored on a 27-yard run in the third quarter to cut Guilderland’s lead to 21-19, but the Garnet Raiders missed another two-point conversion. That nearly derailed Colonie’s comeback hopes, as Guilderland scored the next two touchdowns to build a 35-19 lead in the fourth quarter.
The Garnet Raiders rallied once more, though. Quarterback Will McCann threw a 5-yard scoring strike to Sean Ryan and added a two-point conversion pass to West to trim Guilderland’s lead to 35-27. Later in the fourth quarter, a long pass from Johnson to West set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Burt. Johnson added a two-point conversion pass to Ryan to tie the score at 35-35.
“We obviously dug ourselves a hole early on just like last week against Shaker (in a 49-6 loss), but the guys responded and turned it around,” said Roemer.
Guilderland got the ball back with 1:44 left in the game and drove to Colonie’s 11-yard line. Sentz then booted the winning field goal to send the Dutchmen into the semifinals against CBA, which defeated Columbia 49-6 last Friday.
Colonie has one game left on its schedule – a crossover contest Friday at Bethlehem (3-5).