Scenes from Section 2 Class AA football: Big plays give Niskayuna a victory over Bethlehem

DELMAR – Two big plays helped Niskayuna pull away for a 26-17 victory over Bethlehem Saturday, Oct. 13, in a Section 2 Class AA football game.

After Derek Martelle’s 32-yard touchdown run helped the Eagles (3-4) tie the score at 7-7 in the first quarter, Aaron Whitley returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown to put the Silver Warriors (3-4) in front again. Then in the second quarter, Dan Brownell connected with Richie Quinn on a 69-yard touchdown pass to increase Niskayuna’s lead to 20-7.

Derek Meisner contributed a pair of short touchdown runs for Niskayuna, which moved into a three-way tie with Bethlehem and Christian Brothers Academy for fifth place in Class AA, one game behind fourth-place Guilderland. Alex Shudt had a 6-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter and a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter for Bethlehem.

Niskayuna meets Albany (0-7) in the regular season finale this weekend, while Bethlehem plays Schenectady (1-6).

Photos by Robert Dungan

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