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Football coach’s son treated as teammate

Jacob Shell, 9, laughs during Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's high school football game against Gloversville on Friday.
Photographer: Barry Sloan
Jacob Shell, 9, laughs during Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's high school football game against Gloversville on Friday.
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When the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School football team plays its games this season, there is usually a “teammate” with fiery red hair stalking the sidelines. He’s the son of head coach Matt Shell, and — after battling cancer last year — he wasn’t expected to be around for the 2010 season. “I really wanted to get back,” said 9-year-old Jacob Shell. “I like to watch from the field.” Jacob was able to watch a ...

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