Shaker stumbles out of the gate

"I felt we were compe-titive in both games," said Hennessey. "I think our lack of experience hurt us a little bit, especially since Niskayuna and Ithaca had a lot of experience."

Hennessey said he hopes his team's trial by fire in the first week will help make Shaker a better team as the season goes on.

"I try to schedule them tough [games] right off the bat," said Hennessey.

The Blue Bison were hoping to catch a break Tuesday when they faced Schenectady (1-3) in a non-league game. The Patriots had been outscored 35-5 in losses to three Suburban Council teams " Bethlehem, Shenendehowa and Colonie.

"It's not the likes of Niskayuna, and it's not the likes of Ithaca," said Hennessey, "but when you're 0-2, you have to take everybody seriously."

The games get tougher for Shaker after Tuesday. The Blue Bison travel to Section I power Lakeland-Panas Saturday and visit defending Section II Class AA champion Guilderland next Tuesday.

"We still have a couple of tough ones to go," said Hennessey.""

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