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Colonie Cup belongs to Shaker

Jeremy Pryor had one of the best individual performances in Colonie Cup history.

The junior tailback rushed for 299 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Shaker football team to a 44-34 victory over Colonie last Friday in Latham.

Pryor had plenty of help to get to 299 yards. Shaker's offensive line kept blasting holes in Colonie's defensive line, which allowed Pryor to average nearly 10 yards per carry.

That offensive line did a pretty good job, said Shaker coach Dennis Bender. "We were able to get some blocks and sustain some blocks, and he just ran through them."

"He played great. Clearly whenever a running back does that well, the offensive line performed well," said Colonie coach John Preston.

Colonie (0-3) wasn't able to match Shaker's offense yard for yard, but the Garnet Raiders did break some big plays of their own to stay close to the Blue Bison (1-2).

"I was pleased with our offense," said Preston. "We made some improvements, but clearly we have more to make."

The Garnet Raiders struck first when Paul Nylon capped the first series with a seven-yard touchdown run. But Pryor broke off a 45-yard scoring run later in the first quarter, and Luke Walsh added the extra point to give Shaker a 7-6 lead.

The second quarter opened with a bang when Shaker's Robert Johnson leapt to haul in an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mark Ambrosio that made the score 14-6. The cushion only lasted a moment, though, as Colonie's Ishmel McCann returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. Only a missed two-point conversion kept Shaker in front.

Even that two-point lead didn't last for Shaker. Quarterback Mike Branche capped Colonie's next offensive series with a four-yard touchdown run and added a two-point conversion to give the Garnet Raiders a 20-14 lead.

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