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B'ville football rallies, beats CBA

Maybe the Baldwinsville football team's odyssey in 2009 will lead to championship glory, or maybe someone else finishes in front.

But if the Bees do reach greatness in its 100th season on the gridiron, it might look to Friday night's stirring 30-28 victory over Christian Brothers Academy at Alibrandi Stadium as the moment where the magic really took hold.

Plunged into an early 14-point deficit, still behind in the third quarter, and forced to absorb two different comeback attempts from the Brothers in the homestretch, B'ville still pulled through. It was, arguably, the program's biggest win since reaching the 2002 Section III Class AA finals.

What added to the fun of the win was the way B'ville crashed a big CBA party. It included Homecoming and the official dedication of the new artificial turf at Alibrandi. The Bees, even with its fine 2-0 start, were not expected to interrupt the festivities, as it had never beaten CBA in five tries since the Brothers moved up to Class AA in 2003.

And coming off an impressive 35-6 romp of Henninger, the Brothers tried hard to put B'ville away early.

Expecting CBA's defense to key in on Malik Burks, the Bees tried to throw early - and that didn't work, as Niko Manning saw two of his passes intercepted on consecutive possessions, both of them by Dan Patane.

Each turnover led to a CBA touchdown, as John Greacen scored on a one-yard run, set up by Tyler Hamblin's 27-yard pass to Spencer Dunn. When Hamblin found Fajri Jackson for a four-yard TD pass, B'ville was down 14-0, a deficit it had not faced all season.

Lesser foes, when struck by such a bad start, would crumble - but B'ville would not.

Instead, the Bees turned up the physical play on defense, containing both Jackson and CBA's vaunted passing game, and giving the Bees a chance to warm up.

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