DELMAR — It was a night for doting parents and foolish scribes to watch Bethlehem Central beat Colonie Central 35-20 on a blustery Homecoming Night on Friday, Oct. 7.
Jason Black, the Eagles’ junior running back, punched through a Colonie goal line stance to strike the game’s first blow early in the opening quarter, the first of his three rushing touchdowns.
The 5-foot-8-inch back was Bethlehem’s workhorse throughout the game. His NCSA College Recruiting page states he can squat 500 pounds in the weight room. That strength showed in the third quarter as he dragged one Colonie defender for five yards.
Black’s 70-plus yard sprint to the endzone put the Eagles up by two scores in the second quarter.
Bethlehem defensive back Anthony Gibbs thwarted a Raider comeback with an interception at the Eagle goal line in the third quarter.
Early penalties raised frustration between the two struggling teams. Colonie had hit the road to Delmar in search of its first win, while Bethlehem had hopes of serving its fans its first victory on its home turf. The Eagles had won the season opener while on the road against Columbia.