Flying Horses let lead slip away; BH-BL wins third Super Bowl in four years
Troy lost three fumbles and also threw an interception in Saturday's Section II Class A Super Bowl at Shenendehowa. The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans defended their title by turning three of those into touchdowns in a 33-18 victory.
The Flying Horses (9-1) struck on an 83-yard run by Shatiek Lewis in the second quarter, drawing to within 7-6.
Jordan Canzeri scored on a two-yard run with 10 seconds to play in the second quarter, giving Troy a five-point edge heading into halftime.
The Spartans (10-0) struck back with a 62-yard touchdown pass from Phil Neumann to Brandon Beatty in the third quarter and Burnt Hills added three more scores in the fourth en route to the victory.
Burnt Hills faces Malone in a regional round game Friday at Shenendehowa.
Burnt Hills upended Troy 35-20 in the Class A semifinals a season ago, which was a major motivation for the Flying Horses, who certainly wanted another chance at the Spartans.
"We had some guys that were a little upset after the semifinals last year, but they had all year to battle back," Burger said. "It’s a great environment for the kids to play and this is where Troy football wants to be each and every year. We got beat by a good football team today and they’re going to go a long way. They’re definitely going to represent Section II very proudly."
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's Tyler Paluba escapes the grasp of a Troy High tackler during Saturday's Section II Class A championship at Brent T. Steuerwald Stadium on the campus of Shenendehowa Central Schools. (Photos by Tom Killips - The Record).
Burnt Hills (10-0) 0 7 7 19 - 33
T – Shatiek Lewis 83 run (kick failed) 3:10
T – Jordan Canzeri 2 run (kick blocked) 0:10
BH – Nusbaum 3 run (kick failed) 4:53
T – Brian Marsh 16 run (run failed) 2:53
BH – Beatty 49 run (kick f ailed) 2:43
Passing: Troy: Marsh 4-15-29-0-1 Blair 0-1-0-0-0. Burnt Hills: Neumann 8-14-135-2-1.
Receiving: Troy (4-29): Blair 2-16, Geraci 1-13, Ishman 1-0. Burnt Hills (8-135): Meyers 2-49, Beatty 1-62, Paluba 2-13, Nusbaum 1-4, Flint 1-0, Duszak 1-7.