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Corcoran, Henninger beaten in sectional semifinals

For all that, though, Henninger almost caught up. Bryant's 16-yard TD run with 1:47 left, plus a two-point conversion, cut the margin to one before CBA recovered the ensuing onside kick to clinch it.

With the Black Knights' reign over, now it was Corcoran's turn, and the challenge was immense. Baldwinsville was 8-0 and, in Malik Burks, had a running back that had already surpassed 2,000 yards for the season.

To have any chance, the Cougars' defense had to keep Burks from dominating the contest -- and it somehow pulled this off, as Burks only had 184 yards, and needed 36 carries to get that total.

Also, Corcoran forced B'ville into three turnovers, one in each of the first three periods. Every time, the Cougars got points from those turnovers, starting with Riley Stroman's 30-yard field goal and continuing with Shakem Buckmon's 29-yard TD pass to Tyquan Mahon.

Down 14-9 at the half, Corcoran appeared to get in position for a huge upset in the third quarter, for reasons beyond Chao Porch's seven-yard TD run that put the Cougars ahead 15-14 after the Bees' third turnover.

While playing defense, Niko Manning, the Bees' senior quarterback, suffered an injured chest and went to the sidelines. Now all Corcoran had to do was contain Manning's replacement, Casey Colligan, who had thrown just two passes all season.

But Colligan stayed cool, leading the Bees on an 80-yard march that stretched into the fourth quarter, though not without controversy.

Corcoran forced a third-down-and-13 on the 49-yard line. B'ville went with a trick play, as Ben Messmer took a reverse, then threw deep downfield to Jed Clouston. Replays showed that Clouston caught the ball on a bounce, but it was ruled complete.

That huge break turned into points when, with 10:31 left, Colligan rolled right and found tight end Nick Alenciewicz in traffic, producing a 20-yard touchdown reception.

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