LATHAM – The Shenendehowa football team corrected some of its opening-week miscues suffered at the hands of Shaker and rebounded with a decisive 41-6-win Saturday afternoon against Colonie at Shaker High School.
After being shut out last week at home by the Blue Bison, 20-0, the Plainsmen ran their offense successfully and saw their defense limit the Garnet Raiders to fewer than 100 yards in total offense.
Shenendehowa senior Trevon Joyner scored twice in the first half on two running plays while wideout Dyvante Terrelonge got it done on the receiving end.
Terrelonge reeled in a 55-yard toss from quarterback Brody Vincenzi along the Plainsmen sideline with five minutes left in the first quarter for the initial score.
“I think we were a little slow out of the gate, but we got into a groove after that long touchdown pass to Dyvante,” Shenendehowa coach Brian Clawson said. “That kind of woke us up and, really, after that we played very well. It was really important to come out and establish the lead early, continue [momentum] throughout the game.”
On the defensive side, Terrelonge intercepted Colonie’s Cameron Aery on two occasions, returning the ball both times deep into Raider territory.
His returned his initial snare 30 yards to the Colonie 8-yard line in the closing minutes of the first half. Kyle Acker ran through the left side on the next play, giving the Plainsmen a 28-0 halftime lead.
Early in the third quarter Terrelonge leapt and corralled another Aery offering beyond midfield. He raced up the middle and then veered toward the Colonie sideline, before finally being pushed out at the 1-yard line. A penalty at the end of the play negated some of the return, but two plays later it was Terrelonge carrying the ball 16 yards into the end zone.
Vincenzi had a better showing on Saturday, throwing a 34-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dustin Lewis, who was left wide open after two Colonie defenders mixed up their coverage assignments.
“Those are the hardest throws,” Vincenzi said. “When [a receiver] is wide open like that.”
Vincenzi completed four of his eight pass attempts, two for scores and a 103-yard afternoon, bouncing back from throwing two interception last week against Shaker.
“We watched film [of the Shaker game] a bunch of times and there were a couple things I could have changed,” Vincenzi said. “I thought I did that well today.”
The Plainsmen quarterback was happy to get a win under his belt.
“The whole team is just bouncing back from Shaker,” Vincenzi said. “We put that behind us and kept moving forward. We came ready to go today.”
The Shenendehowa defense limited the Colonie offense to minus-37 yards in the first half, including two 15-yard sacks.
The win will be savored only briefly, as the Plainsmen host Christian Brothers Academy in a Thursday afternoon contest at home due to the Easter holiday break beginning Friday.
“Last week we couldn’t get anything going,” Clawson said. “We saw some definite strides this week. It’s a short week of preparation, but we’ll be ready.”
Shenendehowa 7 21 13 0 — 41
Colonie 0 0 0 6 — 6
S — Terrelonge 55 pass from Vincenzi (Morris kick)
S — Joyner 11 run (Morris kick)
S — Joyner 14 run (Morris kick)
S — Acker 8 run (Morris kick)
S — Lewis 34 pass from Vincenzi (Kick failed)
S — Terrelonge 16 run (Barrett kick)
C — Lewis 38 pass from Sausville (Run failed)