BURN HILLS – The Burn Hills-Bolston Lakes football team already had a lot of fire in their collective stomach after entering the season after falling 50-3 to Troy in last season’s Section II Class A final.
A Week 1 loss to a Class AA Shaker in early September has just been added to this.
“Honestly, it wasn’t a terrible thing,” Spartans senior running back Michael Fratarola said of the 28-7 blowout against Shaker to start the campaign. “It made us realize we had to do better. We got angry. It gave us a lot of motivation.”
Burnt Hills hasn’t lost since, scoring five runs in a row against a Class A competition in a 41-7 win over Ballston Spa on Friday night at the raining Centennial Field.
Looking nothing like a team opening in the Shaker, Burn Hills scored touchdowns on their first five assets in building a 35-7 halftime advantage.
“In the second half of the Shaker game, we played good football where it could have gone sideways for us,” said Burn Hills head coach Matt Schell. “We’ve built that second half.”
Burn Hills scored 49 points against Albany and 42 against Queensbury, leading Friday’s Route 50 rivalry game.
“We’ve definitely progressed as a team since the first week,” Fratarola said after a run of 145 yards and a touchdown.
“The kids are working really hard,” Shell said. “That’s the bottom line.”
Burn Hills’ offense was quick to roll with a 28–0 and 35–7 lead. The Spartans’ first possession began with Rocco Mareno converting a short pass in a 41-yard advantage before running to the end zone from Fratarola’s 11 yards and then 12.
Mareno capped Burn Hills’ next series with a 38-yard scoring run, and Jalil Joseph soon reached the end zone on a 63-yard dash.
“I was really pleased with our linemen because they allowed us to run the ball, and with our defense,” said Fratarola. “We dropped a touchdown, but did a great job. We were physical and brought it up to him.”
The Spartans maintained their lead in the first game of the second quarter when Tyler Manning hit Justin Gray with a 55-yard touchdown pass, part of a 5-for-8, 131-yard effort for the senior quarterback.
“Tyler is really coming into his own,” Shell said. “And he has good walks around him and good receivers.”
Joseph ran for 84 yards, a night that included a 1-yard bounce for his second touchdown in the second quarter. Michael Puglisi helped set up TD with a 22-yard run.
“We’ve gotten better at every stage of the game,” Shell said of his group – ranked No. 9 in the state.
Michael Sabtoni scored the last six points for Burn Hills with a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter and a 37-yard field goal in the fourth. Frattarola helped set the first field goal with a 39-yard run, and Mareno helped set the second with a 23-yard reception.
Sbuttoni was the star of the late game when Bern Hills beat La Salle 24-21 for their second Division A win, when Senior scored a tie-breaking 37-yard field goal.
“On this stuff, and he was dead in the middle,” Shell said of his kickers’ performance in the incessant rain, “he had five extra points in the drizzle of the first half.” “He’s excellent.”
Aidan Davis caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Kramer to get Ballston Spa (0-4 Class A, 2-4 overall) on the board in the second frame, and Darien Insogna was the Scotties’ offensive workhorse with 125 rushing yards .
Shortly after the start of halftime, play was halted for 30 minutes due to a lightning strike. The game was also called off with a few minutes left in regulation due to excessive lightning.
Ballston Spa 0 7 0 0 — 7
Burn Hills 21 14 3 3 – 41
BH — Fratarola 12 runs (Subtony kick)
BH — Mareno 38 runs (Subtony kick)
BH — Joseph 63 runs (Subtoni)
BH – Manning to Gray 55 pass (subtony kick)
BS – Davis 5 pass from Kramer (Potter kick)
BH — Joseph, 1 run (Subtony kick)
BH – Subtoni 29 FG
BH – Subtoni 37 FG
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