"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.""