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Thoughts, news and notes from the sports staff of The Saratogian newspaper, located in historic Saratoga Springs, New York. The gang in the corner office on Lake Avenue give you the post-game wrap-ups, news and notes from the games we cover and opinions about the sports we read about every day.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School football team is awaiting kickoff at the Carier Dome in Syracuse to take on Section VI's Sweet Home. Sweet Home won last year's Class A football title by beating the Spartans, 35-28, at the same site.

Both Burnt Hills and Sweet Home arrived on the field after the trophy presentation or the previous game. Southwestern (Section VI) won the Class C final just moments ago; Section VI won a record four state titles last year, and, of course, Sweet Home represents the section in the 'A' game.

We are about 15 minutes from kickoff. Sweet Home is stretching as a team and Burnt Hills is down at the other end practicing kicks and passing. When Sweet Home entered and did a lap around the field, senior captain Deshanaro Morris was wheeled out and followed behind them in his wheelchair. Morris, who figured big in last year's title game, was paralyzed in a car accident in January; he will participate in the coin toss to start the game.

Fan turnout is really good for Burnt Hills. Tons of people in maroon directly below the press box, including a group of boys with their faces and chests painted right in the front row.

Should be a good game! Check back for updates every quarter and each time a touchdown is scored!!


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