Ottati capped Schenectady's next series with a five-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to get the Patriots on the scoreboard, but Ambrosio orchestrated his own scoring drive. The senior quarterback mixed the run with some well-timed passes before taking off on a 39-yard touchdown run to re-establish Shaker's 10-point lead.
"Mark drove us down the field, got us into great field position and then that (quarterback) option " that was a great effort on his part," said Bender.
Schenectady tried to get into the end zone one more time, but Shaker's defense held firm to seal the victory and propel the Blue Bison into their crossover game against Guilderland Friday.
"The kids finally got it, and now they're on a roll," said Bender. "Unfortunately, we're on a roll into a crossover game, not Sectionals."
Though Shaker won't be in the Section II playoffs, beating Schenectady is an achievement the Blue Bison can build on.
"There is a hole in everybody's stomach about this season, and this win shrunk that hole," said Bender. "We're going to try to finish the season really strong."
CBA, Colonie meet
Colonie and Christian Brothers Academy will meet each other in another Class AA crossover game Friday.
Colonie (0-5, 1-6) earned its first win of the season last Saturday by beating winless Albany 45-28, while CBA (1-5, 1-6) fell to Bethlehem 35-7 last Friday.
Quarterback Paul Nylin was the star for Colonie against Albany. Nylin threw four touchdown passes and rushed for another as the Garnet Raiders put together their best offensive output of the season.
CBA scored the first touchdown of the game against Bethlehem before the Eagles (4-2, 4-3) went on a 35-0 run to pull away for the victory. Quarterback Andrew Vivian reached the end zone on a five-yard run in the first quarter for the Brothers.""