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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Missed it by that much..35-34. Saratoga football falls to Albany.

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Missed it by that much..35-34. Saratoga football falls to Albany.

The following are a series of live updates from the Section II Class AA Empire Division contest between Saratoga and Albany.

The never say die Blue Streaks just had their hearts ripped out.
With 2:52 left in the game, Colin Mulholland engineered a 9-play 56-yard drive to pull Saratoga within a single point, just needing the extra point.

Not today.

A low snap, a high kick just missed right and the Blue Streak season comes to a close after the attempted on sides kick failed.

Final, Albany 35, Saratoga 34.

We have a ball game, 35-28, Albany

Saratoga is right back in the "Win and In Game" at Bleecker Stadium.
After Colin Mulholland's pass was intercepted and all appeared over, the Blue Streak defense turned up the heat and forced a rare 3-and-out.

Saratoga needed only five plays to go 44-yards for a score, cutting the lead to a mere touchdown, 35-28 with 4:58 left in the game.

Never say never, only 35-21 Albany in fourth

In a do or die game anything can happen.

Saratoga broke through with a TD in the third when Ford Plowman scored from 3 yards out.

Naturally Albany had to answer with a score, only after a holding flag against Albany failed to measured by the officials. The ball was picked up, moved back 10 yards and fourth down replayed.

You guessed it, Albany executes a halfback pass for a touchdown and a 35-14 lead.

Saratoga was assisted on its next drive by double unsportsmanlike penalties for a 30-yard gift. Colin Mulholland then hit brad Elliott for a 27-yard TD strike to make it 35-21.

Season closing in for Saratoga

The Saratoga football team can't do anything right and the Albany Falcons can't do anything wrong in the third quarter.

Saratoga recovered a punt return at midfield and still couldn't score.
Albany ran the ball at will and had two two consecutive touchdowns run negated by illegal blocking penalties.

The third time was the charm when Jose George scampered from three yards out for the score and a commanding 28-7 lead.

Albany up 21-7 at half over Saratoga

Momentum tried to find Saratoga in the second quarter when an apparent fumble recovery by the Blue Streaks was negated by an officials inadvertent whistle.

The play left Albany with a 15-yard gain, the ball and the officials with a lot of explaining to do on both sides of the ball.

The Falcons used the time wisely, setting up its next play, a 60-yard TD pass from Jake Valentine to Paul Marceau for a 14-7 lead.

Saratoga failed to mount a comeback, going three and out, a costly series.

Albany responded with a seven-play 43-yard drive, all on the ground capped by Jake Valentine's pitch to Jose George for a 10-yard touchdown run and a 21-7 lead.

Saratoga managed to move the ball in the final 34 seconds of the half. Junior quarterback Colin Mulholland hit receiver Brad Elliott twice for gains of 18 and 35 yards, respectively, before time expired.

Saratoga-Albany tied at 7

Albany went up 7-0 when Jake valentine hit Jose George on his fingertips as he ran down the right sideline for a 30-yard touchdown strike one minute into the second quarter.

Saratoga answered with a 15-play 68-yard drive capped when Ford Plowman ran five yards up the gut with 4:41 left.

No one ahead 0-0 1st quarter

No one appears to want to win the Saratoga vs. Albany contest at Bleecker Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The two squads have combined for four fumbles and two touchdowns called back for holding penalties at the line of scrimmage.

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