It wasn't enough that the Baldwinsville football team delivered one more first-rate effort in front of the home folks at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. Malik Burks had to squeeze some more history into a season already full of milestones.
The Bees' 35-14 win over Fayetteville-Manilus in the opening round of the Section III Class AA playoffs was impressive enough, as B'ville, no. 7 in the state AA rankings, moved to 8-0.
It's what Burks did during this wet, windy night that made it more special. Carrying the ball 29 times, Burks ran for 311 yards, and with that total went past 2,000 yards for the season - 2,047, to be exact. Also, Burks finished with three touchdowns, which moves his season total to 26.
B'ville came in as overwhelming favorites. For one thing, it had beaten F-M 49-27 back on Sept. 11, where Burks had run wild against the Hornets' defense.
And while the Bees romped through the regular season undefeated, F-M was 0-4 before it even won a game, and needed an overtime victory over West Genesee just to get into the playoffs.
Despite all this, the Hornets would not depart the scene without making B'ville work hard, at least in the early going.
With Burks again picking up large chunks of yardage, the Bees moved to the Hornets' six-yard line in the first quarter, from where quarterback Niko Manning rolled right and found tight end Nick Alenciewicz in the end zone. Mark Stanard converted the extra point and would go five-for-five on PAT's all night - impressive, given the wet conditions.
F-M didn't get discouraged, though, putting together its own sustained drive and, early in the second quarter, tying it 7-7 on quarterback Mike O'Neil's one-yard TD sneak and a successful PAT.
For the rest of the half, the Bees took control, making a series of stops on the defensive side and putting together one more drive that Burks finished off with a six-yard run.