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Blue Bison bounce back

Fruscio swung the momentum back in Shaker's favor by returning the ensuing kickoff to Colonie's 38-yard line. Several plays later, Fruscio pushed his way into the end zone from one yard out to give the Blue Bison a 20-13 lead.

"I give credit to my offensive line. They did a great job blocking for me," said Fruscio.

However, like Colonie did on its previous scoring drive, Shaker had a bad snap on its extra point attempt. The Blue Bison then tried an onsides kick, but Colonie recovered the ball near midfield. Duff then connected with Matt June on a long pass to put the Garnet Raiders at Shaker's 19-yard line at the end of the third quarter. Colonie's drive stalled once the fourth quarter began, though.

Neither team had much luck moving the ball until Colonie gained possession on a Shaker punt with 1:40 left. Duff completed a 28-yard pass to June and then threw a short pass to Furbeck, who turned it into a 21-yard gain to Shaker's 11. That set up Colonie's final touchdown, which ultimately wasn't enough to pull out the victory.

Gifford completed 7 of 9 passes for more than 100 yards to help Shaker beat Colonie for only the third time since 1994.

"It feels absolutely amazing. It's one of the greatest nights of my life," said Fruscio.

"Our juniors are tremendous, and they're just going to get better and better," added Bender, who earned his first win in the Colonie Cup rivalry.

Shaker returns to action Friday when unbeaten Bethlehem visits Latham, while Colonie travels to class AA newcomer Queensbury Saturday.""

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