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Football: Bison stampede to division title (with photo gallery)

Two early touchdowns help Shaker win Colonie Cup

The Shaker football team defeated crosstown rival Colonie 49-6 on Oct. 18 to win the Colonie Cup and the Liberty Division title.

The Shaker football team defeated crosstown rival Colonie 49-6 on Oct. 18 to win the Colonie Cup and the Liberty Division title. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Colonie gained some footing late in the third quarter. Quarterback Will McCann threw a long pass to Kevon Johnson to get the Garnet Raiders to Shaker's 7-yard line. Following a five-yard loss by Wayne Burt, McCann completed a 12-yard touchdown strike to Jayson Campbell to pull Colonie within relative striking distance.

Any Colonie comeback hopes ended early in the fourth quarter when Justin Safford intercepted McCann deep inside Garnet Raider territory. Shortly after that, Woods connected with Michael Lewis on a 19-yard touchdown pass to put Shaker ahead 35-6.

Andrew Bolton contributed a 5-yard scoring run, and Chandler added a 4-yard touchdown carry to complete the 43-point victory.

Shaker begins the playoffs Friday when it hosts Shenendehowa (4-2, 5-2) in the quarterfinals. The Plainsmen limp into the playoffs having lost two of their past three games, but Sheeler said they are still a dangerous team.

"Shen is Shen. They're going to be a very good team," said Sheeler. "We're going to have to play our best to beat them."

Colonie earned the No. 2 seed in the Liberty Division after Columbia upset Schenectady 48-32 to claim the No. 4 seed and prevent a three-way tie for second place between Colonie, Schenectady and LaSalle. The Garnet Raiders host Guilderland (4-2, 5-2) in Friday's quarterfinal round.

"We came off a loss to Saratoga and beat Columbia. We came off a tough loss to Schenectady and beat LaSalle," said Roemer. "We have to come back from this loss (to Shaker), too."

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