"I'm very pleased with how our defense played during the second half," said Bender.
There were few bright spots for Colonie in its loss to Schenectady last weekend. The Patriots (2-0) scored two defensive touchdowns and a special teams touchdown as part of a 36-point first half. Colonie junior quarterback Mike Branche threw a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to prevent the shutout.
"We got overwhelmed early, but I was proud of the kids. It was raining and we were down 36-0, but we didn't pack it in," said Preston.
The winner of Friday's Colonie Cup game not only will get the town trophy, but will also have new life in the battle for a Sectional berth.
"Whoever loses this game will have some hole to dig out of," said Preston.
Christian Brothers Academy is also looking to rebound from a loss Friday when travels to Saratoga Springs to face the unbeaten Blue Streaks.
The Brothers (1-1) had a 13-7 lead on Guilderland late in the fourth quarter of last week's game, but quarterback Bobby Falcone scored on a nine-yard run and E.J. Genzano added the extra point to give the Dutchmen a 14-13 victory.
Jack Reilly put CBA ahead midway through the fourth quarter with a 12-yard touchdown run, but Anthony Wesley's kick sailed wide, which left Guilderland with an opportunity to take the lead at the end.
Guilderland's defense did a good job of slowing down Reilly. After gaining 155 yards in an opening week victory over Albany, Reilly managed 78 yards on 18 carries against Guilderland. Reilly was also responsible for CBA's two touchdowns, as he also caught a 13-yard pass from Andrew Vivian in the second quarter.""