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Niskayuna poses challenge for Shaker

"It says a lot about the team's character that they were able to step up this early," said Sheeler.

Lost in the shuffle during Shaker's early-season run is the effort being turned in by the first unit defense. Outside of the three touchdowns the Blue Bison allowed Schenectady in a 28-21 victory two weeks ago, the first unit has kept opponents out of the end zone.

"We were expecting this type of effort by the defense," said Sheeler. "We just had to change the attitude."

Shaker's homecoming game against Niskayuna is one of three local games scheduled for Friday. Colonie (1-2) looks to build on last week's 21-14 victory over Columbia when it travels to LaSalle for a Liberty Division game, while Christian Brothers Academy (2-1) visits Saratoga Springs in an Empire Division contest.

The Brothers enter Friday's game off a 33-21 victory over Guilderland last week. Wide receiver Max Weaver caught two touchdown passes in the second half to lead CBA's offense.""

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