Shenendehowa football is a program rich in history and tradition. It’s evident when you see 5,000 fans in the stands and legendary head coach Brent Steuerwald on the sidelines still coaching up the players.
The Shen fans were not disappointed on this night. The Plainsmen scored the first 38 points of the game and never looked back.
The Plainsmen celebrated the Jr. Plainsmen program at this game. Clifton Park is so big they have their own Pop Warner League. It’s one of the reasons Shenendehowa is competitive year in and year out. From a young age these kids are learning the same plays and playing together. Most of the players on the current roster played Jr. Plainsmen football and dreamed about playing varsity. It’s a young season, but Shen could do something special if they continue to play this way and stay together.
Coming out of the locker room at the half Shen Head Coach Brian Clawson told me “I was honest with our guys. I thought we played really well. I thought that was by far our best half of this short season.” If Shen can continue to play this way they could find themselves playing in November.
Colonie showed they are capable of electric big plays, but they had a couple costly penalties. A few of those penalties were early in the game and it just felt like it could have been a different game if those penalties didn’t happen or a couple of those missed big plays hit.
Kiernan Shanahan is a great young man; he was out Spectrum Scholar Athlete honored at halftime and was also our player of the game. Shanahan was a beast when the lights were on as he scored three touchdowns. He gave all the credit to his offensive line after the game.
“I can’t give myself a lot of praise because my line is doing all the work,” said Shanahan. “They push the defense back and I just have to give it to them they did awesome today.”