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School notes: Shell near milestone

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football coach Matt Shell can pick up his 100th victory with the Spartans Friday night at Troy in a Class A crossover game.

Burnt Hills beat Lansingburgh to open the season behind Dan Maynard’s two touchdown passes and scoring run, 69-25, leaving Shell with a 99-23 record going back to 2002.

Shell guided Burnt Hills to its first state championship last season, and its fifth Section II Class A title in seven years. The Spartans dropped their 2012 season opener to Troy, 17-7, before stringing together 12 wins to close out the campaign.

Burnt Hills has an opportunity this season to become the first team to win six consecutive Section II crowns. Rensselaer (Class D 1991-95), Troy (Class A 1996, Class AA 1997-2000) and Amsterdam (Class A, 2001-05) each won five in a row.

Here’s Shell’s varsity coaching resume:

2002 — 6-3 (Suburban Council Gold Division tri-champion)
2003 — 3-6
2004 — 6-3 (Division 1 tri-champion)
2005 — 7-2
2006 — 10-1 (Division 1 champion, Section II champion)
2007 — 8-2 (Division 1 champion, Section II runner-up)
2008 — 12-1 (Northwest Division champion, Section II champion, state runner-up)
2009 — 12-1 (Northwest Division champion, Section II champion, state runner-up)
2010 — 11-1 (Northwest Division champion, Section II champion)
2011 — 11-2 (Section II champion, state runner-up)
2012 — 12-1 (Northwest Division champion, Section II champion, state champion)
2013 — 1-0
Total — 99-23


A couple of Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons/Saratoga Central Catholic players turned in performances of note in Saturday's 34-0 loss to Schoburg, including David Haskell with over 200 yards of offense.

Haskel, a junior, ran 18 times for 176 yards and hauled in four passes for another 42 yards.

Brendon Maloney led the Sainted Knights' defense with eight tackles and blocked a field goal attempt to go with two receptions covering 37 yards. Jake Van Patten made seven tackles and recovered a fumble, and Kevan Mooney made five tackles including a sack.


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