The blocked kick seemed to spark Colonie's defense. Just as the third quarter ended, Sean Peer intercepted Murray in LaSalle territory. That set up a short Garnet Raider scoring drive, capped by Branche's 19-yard touchdown pass to Jose Martinez to trim the deficit to 19-14.
Just as it looked like the momentum had swung in Colonie's favor, LaSalle took it away when Nick Edgington intercepted a Branche pass on the Garnet Raiders' next drive. Turning to senior running back Marquis Terrell, the Cadets steadily moved down the field on the ground. Terrell then finished the series with a 16-yard touchdown run to seal LaSalle's victory.
"We made a pact that we would win the (fourth) quarter, and we made a comeback and put ourselves in a position to win the game. We just couldn't quite finish it," said Preston.
The road to a victory won't get easier for Colonie this week, as the Garnet Raiders host red-hot Schenectady Friday. The Patriots are coming off an impressive 36-7 non-league victory over Shenendehowa in their season opener last weekend and feature a balanced attack with running back Marc Thompson, quarterback Nick Ottati and tight end Marcus Brandon.
"We're a young team, but I can tell you that with our work ethic, we will get better as the season goes on," said Preston.
In other Class AA football action last weekend, Christian Brothers Academy scored 40 unanswered points to defeat Albany 43-22 in Colonie, while Shaker lost a non-league game to Section IX power Newburgh Free Academy 35-10 in Latham.
Albany (0-1) got off to a good start against CBA, as Jalon Scott scored on a 25-yard touchdown run and Zine Massey hauled in a 21-yard scoring strike from Jake Valentine to give the Falcons a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter.