Shaker defense stands tall in gritty win over Guilderland

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Latham, N.Y. (NEWS10) — 5-0 Shaker hosted 4-1 Guilderland Friday night in a rematch of last spring’s Section 2 championship.

The Dutchmen stunned the Blue Bison back in the spring, going for two late in the game to take the lead and capture their first sectional title.

The Dutchmen were the only team to have beaten Shaker since 2017 and they did it in back-to-back years, but the Blue Bison defense wasn’t ready to let it happen again.

Shaker put up back-to-back defensive stands in the red zone, coming up with turnovers both times as Guilderland headed into halftime with just a 3-0 lead.

Finally, in the third quarter, the Bison offense found some traction. A deep ball from Jake Iacobaccio to Malcolm Robinson set up a Kyle Yusuf short touchdown run to give Shaker a 7-3 lead.

Later in the quarter the sophomore finally broke through. Iacobaccio ripped off a 43-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 14-3, and at that point, it was out of reach for the Dutchmen.

Shaker improves to 6-0 as they go on the road to Bethlehem next Friday while Guilderland hosts CBA.

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