SCHENECTADY The Shaker football team needed some late-game heroics to win its fourth game of the season.
Kenny Jackson's 3-yard touchdown run and Ryan Griffin's interception in the final 2:20 helped the Blue Bison defeat Schenectady 21-14 in Friday's Liberty Division game.
Shaker (3-0 division, 4-0 overall) rallied from a 14-7 halftime deficit to maintain its perfect record and solidify its hold on first place in the Liberty Division with three weeks left in the regular season.
"It's huge," said Griffin. "We say we try to go 1-0 every week, and this (Schenectady) was another team in the way of that."
Schenectady (1-2, 2-2) got the jump on Shaker with two first-quarter touchdowns. Quarterback Kwame Jarvis connected with Felix Rodriguez on a 19-yard scoring strike, and he hit Jeremy Kent on a 13-yard touchdown pass to put the Patriots ahead 14-0.
That was all Shaker's defense allowed, though. The Blue Bison bent several times, but they made the plays they needed to keep Schenectady's high-octane offense out of the end zone.
"I thought they did an outstanding job," said Shaker coach Greg Sheeler. "I think he (Jarvis) is one of the best quarterbacks I've ever seen, and we did a great job against him."
Shaker quarterback Chris Landers engineered a scoring drive late in the first quarter -- one he capped with a 1-yard touchdown run -- to get the Blue Bison within seven points. But, Schenectady kept Shaker's offense off balance the rest of the first half by throwing a variety of defensive formations at the Blue Bison.
"They did a lot of good things on defense," said Sheeler. "They constantly changed their looks."
The one thing Schenectady couldn't do was bottle up Shaker's running game. Griffin pounded the ball through the middle of the field for 90 yards on 17 carries, while Jackson took to the outside and gained 93 yards on nine attempts. Landers occasionally got into the act, as he ran the ball nine times for 49 yards.