Wide right - two words that will please the ears of the Baldwinsville football team, and haunt Christian Brothers Academy, now and for a while to come.
The Bees, who waited 20 years (1989 to 2009) between sectional titles, earned back-to-back championships for the first time Sunday in the Carrier Dome, beating the Brothers 16-14 - but not before seeing its championship reign come down to a single kick.
With 21 seconds left, CBA's Riley Dixon lined up a 42-yard field-goal try. Make it, and the Brothers would be champions. Miss, and B'ville would hang on to its crown.
"I didn't watch it," said B'ville head coach Carl Sanfilippo. "I didn't have the heart to watch it."
If he did watch, Sanfilippo would have seen Dixon, with his strong right leg, crush the ball toward the uprights, with plenty of distance. But the ball started to hook, and went into the net wide right, setting off a celebration for the fans in red - and consternation for the fans in purple and gold.
CBA, to some degree, caused its own trouble by suffering four turnovers, two of them in the fourth quarter, and also muffing a punt that led to B'ville's first touchdown. But much of the trouble, at least in the early going, was caused by B'ville's stingy defense.
That unit features Nick Robinson, Jake Margrey, Nate Stoughtenger and Mark Stanard on the line, with Dave Middlemore, Steve Mitchell and Carter Twombly at the linebacker spots. Antonio Peck, Eric Tommarello, Collin Twombly and Ben Paprocki work in the secondary, and put together, they kept B'ville ahead and forced the Brothers into crucial mistakes.
Mitchell had a team-high 11 tackles and forced a fumble, while Robinson came up with eight tackles and a sack. Together, they helped B'ville blank CBA in the first half - which, given the familiarity the Bees and Brothers had with each other, was not that surprising.