Section II kicked off the “Fall II” varsity football season with games this past weekend on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20.
SARATOGA SPRINGS V. CBA
SARATOGA SPRINGS — CBA (Christian Brothers Academy) started off their season with a 40-0 win over Saratoga Springs on Saturday in their Class AA away game. CBA ran away with the game in the second quarter, where they scored 26 of their 40 points.
Brenden Simek had 2, 1 yard rushing touchdowns and 1 receiving touchdown on a 25 yard pass from Jack Gregory. Dylan Jones scored twice, once on a fumble recovery and off a 33 yard pass from Gregory. Jake Lacobaccio had one score on a 3 yard run. Stewart was 4 for 5 on extra points.
BALLSTON SPA V. BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE
BURNT HILLS — Burnt Hills got their season started with a big win over Ballston Spa on Friday night. The final score of the Class A match-up was 35-12.
Rocco Mareno got the scoring started for Burnt Hills on a 58 yard pass and the first completion from QB Caeden LaPietro. LaPietro threw 7 times with 5 completions for 118 yards, also rushing for 85 yards and a touchdown. Jaleel Joseph scored on a 6 yard run, and Jake Pausley also scored on a 1 yard run. Michael Puglisi scored on a 35 yard interception return. Sbuttoni was 5 for 5 on extra points.
Ballston Spa finally got on the board in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t make up the deficit. QB Andrew Kramer took eight passing attempts and completed one 25 yard touchdown pass to Owen Walsh. Kramer was intercepted twice. He also rushed for 38 yards on 7 carries with a long of 16. Jovie Acacio rushed for 41 yards on 15 carries with a long of 9. Erik Gottman rushed for 34 yards on 8 carries with a long of 15. C.J. Guarino also scored on a kickoff return of 86 yards.
“It’s good to be back out on the football field. We were asking for spring football and we finally got it,” said Ballston Spa Varsity Football Coach, Greg O’Connor. “I’m sure both teams wish it was a cleaner game…but we had a short pre-season, and it’s a work in progress.”
SCHUYLERVILLE V. MECHANICVILLE
MECHANICVILLE – In the Class C match-up between Schuylerville and Mechanicville on Saturday, Schuylerville came away with the decisive win of 38-0.
In the first quarter, Sam McGarrahan scored on a 6 yard TD run. Ryan Dow completed the 2 point conversion on a pass to Zach Bowen.
In the second quarter, Jack Dwyer scored on a 1 yard TD run, and the 2 point conversion was completed from Owen Sherman to Dow. Also in the second quarter, McGarrahan scored on a 9 yard TD run. Dow completed the 2 point conversion to Dwyer. The second quarter was capped off by a 42 yard TD pass from brothers O. Sherman to Lukas Sherman. The 2 point conversion was completed to Dwyer from O. Sherman.
In the fourth quarter, O. Sherman scored on an 11 yard TD run.
Schuylerville had 311 total yards, 221 of them rushing. McGarrahan ran 135 yards on 21 carries. Dwyer had 57 yards on 11 carries. O. Sherman had 26 yards on 6 carries. QB O. Sherman completed 6 of 11 passes for 90 yards.
On the receiving end, Dwyer had one catch for 20 yards, L. Sherman had one catch for 42 yards, Bowen had 2 catches for 18 yards, and McGarrahan had 2 catches for 10 yards.
Defensively, Nick Abruscato had a fumble recovery.
Mechanicville was limited to 38 total yards. D’Ambro had six carries for 20 yards and passed for 22 more yards. Sanchez also had 9 carries for 14 yards. Recieivng, Johnson had a catch for 14 yards.
STILLWATER V. LAKE GEORGE/HADLEY-LUZERNE
STILLWATER - Stillwater lost in a close contest against the WarEagles on Saturday. The final score of this Class C match-up was 12-8.
In the first quarter, Brody McCabe got the scoring started for the WarEagles with a 37 yard TD pass from QB Cole Clarke. In the second quarter, Stillwater took the lead on Isaac Cutler’s 32 yard run and 2 point conversion from Tyler Paffen to C.J. McNeil. Clarke then ran 35 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to take back the lead for the WarEagles. Late in the fourth quarter, the WarEagles turned the football over on downs near the 20, but they sealed the deal in the next play with an interception by B. McCabe.
Clarke had 10 carries for 117 yards, and completed 7 of 19 passes for 124 yards, for a TD and an interception. B. McCabe had 3 catches for 82 receiving yards.
Defensively, Clarke had 9 tackles and Andrew Jeckel had 10.