Through five games, Christian Brothers Academy Football has allowed exactly one touchdown.
“And I’m still mad about it,” said CBA coach Bobby Burns with a smile after his team’s 53-0 win at Schenectady last Saturday.
A touchdown scored by Bethlehem in the Brothers’ 60–6 Week 3 win prevented the CBA (3–0 Class AA, 5–0 overall) from keeping a completely blank slate so far in Burns’ first season as head coach. Is. , took the job this year after a successful race at Troy, in which his teams captured back-to-back Class AA state championships in 2016 and 2017.
The shutout is not a special purpose for the Brothers, Burns said, but simply a byproduct of a fierce defensive display.
“Defensively, we are very good,” he said. “I’ve had some good defenses in the past, and it’s great. Our front seven is good. I have some older kids in front of me, they get behind it.
“It’s not like we’re trying to shut everyone down or anything. We’re just playing. Kids are buying what we’re coaching them, and it’s showing on the field.”
That defense, and the entire CBA team, will likely face their toughest test on Friday at 7 p.m. when they host fellow unbeaten Shakers, who will stake first place in the Section II Class AA standings.
The two teams have been on a collision course during the first month of the season, both unbeaten and ranked in the top 15 statewide by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
The CBA has opened its doors by outsourcing its five opponents by a combined margin of 221-6. The Brothers’ toughest test came in a 20–0 victory over rival La Salle Institute in Week 0, with their subsequent four wins coming by as little as 40 points.
With Burns setting up a new offensive system in the CBA, the offense against La Salle began slowly – something Burns even chalked up to several key players sitting out of 0 matchups that week – but in the past four weeks a A serious gap has been found. Jack Gregory and Donald Jones both see time at the quarterback, while Brendan Simek has evolved into a workhorse running back and Jaylen Riggins offers a versatile option at fullback.
“They’re getting used to the system,” Burns said, “because it was something new for them as well. Plus, I’m getting used to calling it in certain situations and getting opportunities for players I think deserve them.”
Meanwhile, Shakar (3-0, 4-0) has also left with his opposition. Explosive senior halfback Porter nimble and rising star sophomore quarterback Jake Iacobaccio, led by coach Greg Shealer’s Blue Bison — who upset Guilderland in the “Fall II” Class AA championship game last spring — spent at least two of all their games. Live by touchdown. , with the only major challenge in a Week 3 win over Shenandoahova, in which Iacobaccio sealed the 28–14 decision with a touchdown run and interception in the fourth quarter.
For a CBA team that has a combined record of 1–12 of the previous three Class AA opponents, the Shaker represents a major step forward in the quality of the competition.
It’s a sport Burns and his club have been doing zero for some time.
“Everyone saw it on the schedule,” Burns said. “As much as we can say that we focused on the first game – and we were – we knew this game was coming down the pipe. We knew they would probably be undefeated, we would probably be undefeated.
“It’s a big sport, but at the end of the day, it’s just another sport. We’re at home, and it should be a great atmosphere, so we’re going to be excited to go out and compete.”
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