Friday roundup: Shaker falls short against Schenectady

Turnovers hurt Blue Bison

The Shaker football team lost its third consecutive game Friday as Schenectady held on for a 21-19 Liberty Division win in Latham.

Ryan Griffin's 9-yard touchdown run and extra point cut Schenectady's lead to two points in the fourth quarter, but that was as close as Shaker (2-3) got.

Turnovers were a deciding factor in the game, as Schenectady (2-3) picked off Shaker quarterback Chris Landers three times. Landers completed eight of his 15 passes for 140 yards.

Shaker's running backs kept the Bison in the game. Griffin led the way with 62 yards and a pair of touchdowns among his nine carries, while Tyler Oppelt ran five times for 41 yards and a score. Shaker finished with 200 rushing yards against Schenectady's defense.

Schenectady scored the first touchdown of the game before Shaker took a 12-7 lead on scoring runs by Griffin and Oppelt. The Patriots regained the lead late in the second quarter with a touchdown and a two-point conversion, and they never looked back.

Boys soccer

In Western Athletic Conference action, Mekeel Christian Academy held on for a 2-1 victory over Fort Plain Friday at Maalwyck Park in Glenville.

Anders Trestik scored in the 12th minute, and Tai Aderounmu added a goal in the 30th minute for the Lions (6-2). Fort Plain tallied in the 32nd minute, but MCA kept the offensive pressure up in the second half to preserve the victory.

Girls soccer

In Averill Park, Bethlehem made a slim lead stand as it defeated the Warriors 1-0 in Friday's Suburban Council game.

Jackie Kearney scored off a Tara Teal assist, and goaltender Katie Nickles made seven saves to pick up her 30th career varsity shutout for the Lady Eagles.

Averill Park netminder Heather Vale stopped nine shots.

Girls swimming

The Shenendehowa girls swim team raised its duel meet record to 4-0 with Friday's 104.5-70.5 victory over Queensbury in Clifton Park.

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