Football: Shaker survives scare in Schenectady

Griffin's interception seals seven-point win

— "It's definitely great because it makes it difficult to key on one player," said Griffin. "We're all equivalent in our abilities to make plays."

Big runs from Griffin and Jackson late in the third quarter got Shaker to Schenectady's 3-yard line. An illegal shift penalty against the Blue Bison pushed them back to the 8-yard line, where they faced fourth-and-goal with 1 second left. That was all the time Landers needed, as he connected with Griffin on the final play of the period for an 8-yard touchdown. Griffin added the extra point to tie the game at 14.

"That's the heart and soul of our team -- how we run the ball, and how we defend the run," said Sheeler.

Schenectady had an opportunity to regain the lead when an interception -- Shaker's fourth turnover of the night -- gave the Patriots the ball inside Shaker's 40-yard line. They got the ball as far as the 32-yard line before a pair of incomplete passes gave the ball back to the Blue Bison.

Shaker kept the ball on the ground on its next offensive series and drove to Schenectady's 3-yard line. Jackson scored from there, and Griffin added the extra point to put the Blue Bison ahead 21-14 with 2:17 left in the fourth quarter.

Shaker could have sealed the victory when it forced a Schenectady turnover with 2:08 remaining, but the Blue Bison gave the ball back to the Patriots when Griffin fumbled on their ensuing play from scrimmage. Jarvis then guided Schenectady to Shaker's 23-yard line in three passes to set up one last scoring chance.

Schenectady tried one run that netted three yards. After an incomplete pass on second down, Jarvis was sacked on third down to set up a long fourth-down play. Jarvis threw deep, but Shaker's Brandon Safford deflected the ball into Griffin's waiting hands for the game-clinching interception.

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