The Shenendehowa football team knows what Christian Brothers Academy is going through.
After a rebuilding year that saw the Plainsmen finish with a 3-6 record, Shen showed what experience can do as it dominated the defending class AA Super Bowl champions 45-7 Friday in Colonie.
The Brothers (0-1) are rebuilding this season with a new coach, a new quarterback and several new skill players. And at first, it looked like CBA could hold its own with Shen. But the Plainsmen scored 38 unanswered points to pull away.
First games are fascinating because everyone's undefeated, said Shen coach Brent Steurwald. "It's a super lift for our season to get off with a good win. It gives us a chance to build on it. Coming down and beating the defending Class AA champions is a big step."
"We did some good things in the first quarter and then it kind of got away from us," said first-year CBA coach Matt Gormley. "When you're going against a team like Shen, you can't let things get away from you."
The Plainsmen (1-0) got on top early with a 15-yard touchdown run by Patrell Brown. Seth Watson's extra point made it 7-0.
The Brothers tied the game later in the first quarter. A 40-yard run by sophomore Jack Reilly set up junior quarterback Andrew Vivian's 10-yard touchdown pass to senior Anthony Camuglia. David Agan's extra point tied it at seven with 4:43 left. Senior Darrell Evans put Shen ahead for good with a 36-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Watson's extra point made it 14-7.
The Brothers had a chance to tie it after a high snap on a punt was recovered by Camuglia on Shen's 16-yard line. Three plays later, though, a lateral was fumbled in the backfield, and a Shen recovery brought the ball to the CBA 26. The recovery set up Charles Miller's 25-yard touchdown pass to Peter White that made the score 21-7.