Spar­tans cash in on big plays

Quar­ter­back Lapi­etro con­nects to pro­pel Burnt Hills

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - SPORTS - By James Allen Burnt Hills

It ended up be­ing a glo­ri­ous home­com­ing foot­ball game for Burnt Hills on Satur­day af­ter­noon. The win­ning mar­gin was com­fort­able, yet when things were tight, se­nior quar­ter­back Darien Lapi­etro de­liv­ered smoothly in the clutch to help gain sep­a­ra­tion.

With the scored tied in the sec­ond quar­ter against Glens Falls, Lapi­etro con­nected with Gordy Adams for a 23-yard pass on fourth-and-7 to keep the Spar­tans’ third se­ries alive. Af­ter the com­ple­tion, head coach Matt Shell and sev­eral of his as­sis­tants rubbed their fin­gers to­gether to sig­nify a ‘money’ play by Lapi­etro.

“That is the ben­e­fit of hav­ing a se­nior de­meanor at quar­ter­back,” Shell said.

Burnt Hills pro­duced a pros­per­ous al­laround per­for­mance in de­feat­ing Glens

Falls 55-27.

Fol­low­ing the fourth­down com­ple­tion by Lapi­etro to a div­ing Adams, the Spar­tans pro­duced three touch­downs over the fi­nal 2:56 of the first half to grab a 34-20 ad­van­tage.

Se­nior run­ning back DJ Lash­ley scored all three of those touch­downs, in­clud­ing one on a 22-yard swing pass from Lapi­etro that closed the first half.

Burnt Hills called its fi­nal time­out with 5.9 sec­onds left in the sec­ond quar­ter. Shell said Lash­ley had the op­tion to make a play and not go out of bounds af­ter the catch if he felt he could score. The se­nior com­plied with his direc­tive, mak­ing his de­fender fall down af­ter Lash­ley faked to­ward the side­line.

“He was com­ing at me hard, so I cut back,” Lash­ley said.

“That was a huge play for us,” said Lapi­etro, who com­pleted 7 of 8 passes for 141 yards. “He is a great ath­lete. He made a great play.”

Burnt Hills gen­er­ated sev­eral po­tent plays through its rush­ing at­tack with Lash­ley and se­nior Vince Daviero tak­ing turns run­ning be­hind se­nior left tackle Chris Ser­afini, fresh­man left guard Vic­tor Lit­tle, se­nior cen­ter Grant Schaf­fer, ju­nior right end Matt Siedel, se­nior right tackle Jalen Bo­cyck and Adams and Bryce Mussen at tight end. The Spar­tans con­trolled the clock and gained 322 yards rush­ing on 48 at­tempts.

“Our O-line played re­ally well,” Lash­ley said. “I just kind of ran to the holes and found space.”

The Spar­tans (6-0 over­all, 5-0 Grasso Divi­sion), ranked No. 4 in the state, set up a Week 7 show­down against No. 13 Queens­bury (6-0,

5-0) by scor­ing on their first eight pos­ses­sions Satur­day and rolling up 463 yards on of­fense. The lone se­ries that failed to net points came on Burnt Hills’ last drive when they ran out the clock.

“It was good for us to play a good team and do well,” Lapi­etro said.

Glens Falls (4-2) drove 80 yards over 14 plays to open the third quar­ter, cap­ping its march with a 1-yard touch­down run from se­nior quar­ter­back Joseph Gi­rard III.

Burnt Hills re­sponded quickly, go­ing 85 yards over four plays — the last be­ing a 25-yard touch­down run by Daviero (game-high 170 yards rush­ing) for a 41-27 edge.

Lash­ley capped a five­touch­down per­for­mance on the first play of the fourth quar­ter when he scored on a 1-yard run.

“He is a very good re­ceiver and runs well in­side the tack­les,” Shell said of Lash­ley.

The Spar­tans out­gained Glens Falls 463-244. Gi­rard con­nected on 12 of 23 passes for 201 yards and one touch­down, but the In­di­ans gained just 43 yards rush­ing on 20 car­ries.

Ed Burke / Spe­cial to the Time Union

Burnt Hills’ Vince Daviero runs for a touch­down as Glens Falls’ Joseph Gi­rard III looks on Satur­day.

Ed Burke / Spe­cial to the times union

dj Lash­ley of Burnt Hills runs against Glens falls. Lash­ley scored five touch­downs, four of them on the ground.

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