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Brothers survive West Genny, await Corcoran

Those lucky enough to have satellites around the country that carry ESPNU will have the opportunity to watch the Christian Brothers Academy football team in its national television debut against the Corcoran Cougars.

And most of them will have no idea about how opportunistic - and lucky - the Brothers were to remain undefeated going into this showdown.

To say that CBA's 41-27 victory over West Genesee last Friday night at Wildcat Stadium in Camillus was eventful would be an enormous understatement.

What began as just another blowout by the Brothers turned into a full-blown crisis by the end of the third quarter, when CBA had blown a 20-point lead and was in danger of seeing its 51-game regular-season win streak expire.

And then the lights went out - a fortuitous turn of events that allowed CBA to regroup, then put the furious Wildcats away.

All was normal in the early going. Three times in the first half, Jovan Miller broke loose for touchdowns, as his scoring runs of 27, seven and 23 yards, combined with a 33-yard TD pass from Mike Paulus to Leon Saddler, gave the Brothers a 27-7 lead.

But these were not the same West Genesee Wildcats that CBA had destroyed, 45-0, a year ago.

That became apparent when, late in the second quarter, Greg Whipple scored on a 22-yard run that slashed the Brothers' lead to 27-14 by halftime.

Fired up by that score, WG dominated the third quarter, running right at the Brothers' young, unproven defense. Ben Waldron got free for a 59-yard TD run, and he scored again later in the period on a 13-yard run.

Only a missed extra point after Waldron's second TD kept the game tied, 27-27, but as the game ticked toward the final period, WG had all the momentum.

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