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COLONIE: Cadets storm past Brothers

Colonie pulled within seven points in the third quarter on another Poleto touchdown run, but Bedard capped a fourth quarter series with a 13-yard scoring scamper to seal Shen's victory.

"We couldn't take the next step (after Poleto's second touchdown run), and they scored again," said Ambrosio.

Poleto rushed for more than 60 yards, and quarterback Tom Duff threw for more than 170 yards to lead Colonie's offense, but the Garnet Raiders' defense had difficulty containing Shen's running game, which registered more than 300 yards.

"When you make the playoffs, you hope to take the next step," said Ambrosio. "Unfortunately we weren't able to do that, but we'll regroup Friday night (against CBA) and look forward to next year."

Shaker (1-7) is also looking for a strong finish in the crossover bracket after stumbling in a 13-6 loss to Albany Saturday in Latham.

There was no scoring until the third quarter, when Albany quar-terback Jake Valentine hit Jalon Scott on a 27-yard touchdown pass to put the Falcons (3-5) ahead 7-0. Shaker was in the process of engineering a potentially game-tying drive in the fourth quarter when Albany's defense forced a fumble at its own 9-yard line. Joshua Gordon picked up the loose ball and raced 91 yards to give the Falcons a 13-0 lead.

Mike Shanahan scored on a 4-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to get the Blue Bison on the scoreboard, but the Falcons held on for their third consecutive win.

Ryan Gifford threw for more than 120 yards, and Mark Ambrosio rushed for 61 yards to lead Shaker, which concludes its season Friday when it travels to Saratoga.

Valentine threw for more than 90 yards, and Chad McCray added 72 rushing yards for Albany. ""

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