SCHENECTADY — Despite only two weeks of practice allowed prior to the start of the “Fall II” football season, Schenectady was in top form Saturday afternoon, shutting out Colonie 38-0 in Class AA action at Larry Mulvaney Field.
The Patriots rushed for five touchdowns, threw for two and scored on a safety against the Garnet Raiders as the Schenectady defense matched its offense’s scoring prowess.
“The defense did a great job,” Schenectady coach Carm DePoalo said. “I don’t think they could block us.”
Schenectady intercepted Colonie quarterback Cameron Aery twice and limited him to just 24 yards passing on six completions. The Patriots’ rushing defense limited Colonie to just 29 yards on 27 attempts. Much of the gains were erased by a 33-yard loss on a dropped lateral midway through the third quarter.
“We didn’t think we were going to have a season in December. We didn’t think we were going to have a season in January,” Schenectady senior defensive lineman J.J. Reyes said. “We came out, and we can’t just take this opportunity for granted. We came out here and played. We did our thing.”
The pressure impacted the Raiders’ kicking game as three different punt attempts went awry due to a low snap, a high snap and a dropped snap.
Each special team miscue led to points by the Patriots.
Senior running back Chris Davis led Schenectady with 70 yards rushing and two scores, including a quarterback keeper when he was inserted late in the game for the game’s pair of signal callers — Nik Sanchez and Nino Robinson. The two quarterbacks rotated offensive series, but were banged up late in the game.
The dual quarterback experiment didn’t provide DePoalo with an answer to naming a permanent starter.
“We might some do some things different [next week],” DePoalo said. “I though Nik threw the ball very well today at times.”
Sanchez threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jahsean Haggray late in the second quarter, and ran for a 10-yard score in the third.
“I came in here nervous,” Sanchez said. “I’m a sophomore, a varsity starting quarterback and it made me kind of nervous.”
Junior Moses Grant was a presence early, scoring the first two Patriots’ points on his first two touches, runs of 10 and 6 yards, respectively.
“I was running, seeing space and I just took what I saw first and didn’t stop,” Grant said. “It feels great.
“It’s not over yet, we have to keep on punching and punching until we have a fantastic season.”
Schenectady will face Christian Brothers Academy Friday at Shenendehowa.
Colonie 0 0 0 0 — 0
Schenectady 12 6 14 6 — 38
S — Grant 10 run (run failed)
S — Grant 6 run (pass failed)
S — Robinson 9 pass from J. Haggray (run failed)
S — Davis 25 run (pass failed)
S — Safety
S — Robinson 10 run (kick failed)
S — Davis 13 run (kick failed)