Bees make last-second stand, beat Corcoran

Everyone at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium was on their feet, roaring in the raw October chill as the Baldwinsville football team lined up for one more play.

The Bees were in front of Corcoran by a point with less than one second to play, but the Cougars were on B'ville's seven-yard line with a chance to win. Since the Cougars did not have a kicker capable of a winning field-goal try, it had to go into the end zone on this play, or get beat.

Rashied Burns took the snap from center and rolled left. B'ville's defensive backs covered every Corcoran wide receiver, limiting Burns' options.

Finally, at the last moment, Burns decided to run for it, something he had done most of the night with a fair amount of success, including a pair of touchdowns.

This time, though, a swarm of red jerseys descended on Burns as he got tackled near the 10-yard line, and soon the entire team was on the field, joyfully celebrating a 27-26 victory, the Bees' fourth in a row.

"We stood up when we had to," said head coach Carl Sanfilippo.

The news got even better when, an hour later, Henninger rallied past Rome Free Academy 30-28. This put the Bees (4-1 league, 5-2 overall) alone in second place in the final Class AA-2 division standings behind Henninger and secured a home game for this weekend's opening round of the AA playoffs.

All of this is a stunning turnaround for a team that missed the playoffs in both 2006 and 2007, and would have started 0-3 this season were it not for Liverpool's forfeit of its Sept. 5 win over the Bees.

Perhaps fittingly, the game against Corcoran would feature extreme behavior -- flawless effort at first, a total collapse in the middle, and a tense second half that would not settle itself until the final play.

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