BY MICHAEL KELLY
SYRACUSE — His jersey a darker shade of green than normal, Shenendehowa football senior lineman Alex Augustson couldn’t help but laugh Saturday night as he described the conditions his team had just played in at the Carrier Dome.
“It’s a little sweaty out there,” he said, gesturing from a hallway back toward Ernie Davis Legends Field, where the Plainsmen sustained a season-opening 28-7 loss to Canisius in a sweltering atmosphere.
What Shenendehowa could not laugh about was the miscues and missed opportunities that contributed to the loss. Four turnovers, and defensive lapses that enabled Canisius three offensive plays of 52 yards or more, left Shenendehowa unable to topple a foe that last year finished the season ranked No. 1 after a 12-0 campaign in which it won the Catholic High School Athletic Association championship.
“Those killed us,” said senior linebacker Richard Drum, who recorded a sack and blocked a field goal attempt. “We made mistakes today that we cannot make in the future.”
Shenendehowa 0 0 7 0 — 7
Canisius 7 7 0 14 — 28
C, Tyler Stranahan 22-yard TD pass to Justin Jones (Blake Haubeil PAT).
C, Stranahan 76-yard TD pass to Jones (Haubeil PAT).
S, Carl Fiore 40-yard TD run (Nathan Fankhanel PAT).
C, Stranahan 52-yard TD pass to Desmond Nicholas (Haubeil PAT). C, Cole Burniston 75-yard TD run (Haubeil PAT).
Shenendehowa: Eric Morris 15-of-27, 134 yards, 1 INT.
Canisius: Tyler Stranahan 14-of-22, 296 yards, 3 TD.
Shenendehowa: Fiore 4-48; Kevin DeSorbo 2-38; Michael Gillooley 3-26; Richard Drum 1-11; Griffin Wallner 3-10; Ethan Junick 1-1; Dakota Rainville 1-0.
Canisius: Jones 3-126, 2 TD; Nicholas 4-99, 1 TD; Greer 2-25; Burniston 1-24; Jordan Fears 3-18; Alann Montgomery 1-4.
Shenendehowa: Fiore 15-140, 1 TD (2 fumbles); Wallner 9-55; Junick 3-24; Drum 2-8; Chris Penman 2-8; Dom Timpanaro 1-(-)3; Morris 5-(-)15 (1 fumble).
Canisius: Burniston 8-87, 1 TD; Stranahan 11-33; Stephen Dillon 3-9; Nicholas 1-2; RaeQwon Greer 1-1; Tim Pringle 1-(-)4.