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Shaker looked strong in the first quarter. Tailback Conor Alund scored on a 25-yard run to get the Blue Bison on the scoreboard first. Davion Brink capped Colonie's first offensive series with a 6-yard touchdown run to tie the game, but fullback Derek Gardella scored on a 3-yard run on Shaker's ensuing drive to put the Blue Bison ahead 13-7.

The momentum shifted in Colonie's favor in the second quarter. Wide receiver Nick Colello made a leaping catch to haul in Mike Branche's 6-yard touchdown pass, and Kyle Robustiano added the extra point to put the Garnet Raiders ahead 14-13. Tailback Jose Martinez then scored on a 2-yard run before halftime to increase Colonie's lead to eight points.

Shaker tried to get the momentum back in the third quarter. The Blue Bison drove deep into Colonie territory before being stopped on two tries at the end zone from one yard out.

"That goal line stand was amazing," said Ambrosio.

The Garnet Raiders looked like they had secured the victory when Branche and Colello connected again for a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to make the score 27-13, but the Blue Bison didn't go away. Alund scored his second touchdown of the game with four minutes left in the fourth quarter to get Shaker within eight points again. The Blue Bison drove deep into Colonie territory again in the final minute before Nick DeFlorio intercepted a Ben Capeless pass to end the comeback bid.

Alund finished with 224 rushing yards and two touchdowns to lead Shaker's offense, while tailback Matt Hamilton had 94 yards on 28 carries for Colonie.

"It was like back and forth with two hammers with Hamilton and Alund," said Bender.

In other Class AA football action last weekend, Christian Brothers Academy (0-4, 0-6) remained winless with a 34-0 Empire Division loss at Shenendehowa.

The Plainsmen (3-1, 5-1) scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and cruised from there to give head coach Brent Steuerwald his 300th career victory.

Bronson Greene rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns for Shen, which moved into a tie with Ballston Spa for second place in the Empire Division, one game behind Saratoga Springs. Elijah Dukes had 11 tackles for CBA.

The Brothers look to end the regular season on a positive note when they visit winless Albany Saturday at Bleecker Stadium.""

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