Football: Defense is the key for Shaker

Blue Bison meet New Rochelle in Saturday's state semifinal

— New Rochelle’s offense has been another story. The Huguenots struggled during the regular season, as they went through a five-game stretch where they failed to score more than two touchdowns in a game. In the playoffs, though, they’ve won by scores of 27-0 over John Jay, 28-0 over North Rockland and 39-7 over Section IX champion Pine Bush.

Shaker can put points on the scoreboard, too. Tailbacks Ryan Griffin and Kenny Jackson have accounted for 26 touchdowns and nearly 1,600 yards on a team that has rushed for more than 2,770 yards this season, and quarterback Chris Landers has thrown for nearly 700 yards and rushed for more than 440 yards.

Though Landers can put the ball in the air, Sheeler said he’d rather see his team stick to what has worked through the first 10 games.

“We’re not going to change who we are,” said Sheeler. “Certainly we have to be balanced and go for the play-action pass when it’s there, but we can’t throw the ball all over the field.”

And if the offense struggles to get the ball moving against New Rochelle, it will be up to Shaker’s defense to keep the Huguenots in check.

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