Three out of five, with the difference a fateful late-game decision to go for two and the win.
Such was the scorecard for Section III's football champions once two days of regional activity at East Syracuse-Minoa Stadium had ended. Baldwinsville, Whitesboro and General Brown still have active dreams for a state championship, while Cazenovia and Onondaga saw those dreams fizzle.
By far, the biggest story of the Bees' 49-20 victory over Corning was the return of a rather significant sophomore wearing jersey no. 32. Without Tyler Rouse, B'ville managed to fight past F-M and CBA and get the sectional title. With him....who knows?
Against a quick and potent band of Hawks, B'ville was in some real trouble...at least until the dying seconds of the first half. Just after Corning went ahead 20-14, it kicked off to Rouse. Big mistake, as one great cutback and 75 yards later, the Bees were on its way to 35 unanswered points and a return to the state semifinals.
Rouse, aside from that nifty kick return, merely got 213 rushing yards, and Parker Kiff added 118. This is the dilemma facing Rush-Henrietta Saturday night at Rochester's Marina Auto Stadium.
B'ville faces its own dilemma, though, in the form of 6-4, 230-pound Ashton Broyld, who might be as good as any player in the state. All Broyld did in the regional final against Clarence was run for 299 yards and throw for 103 more. Think Cam Newton, without the scandal. The winner here gets Troy (who toppled no. 1-ranked Monroe-Woodbury) or New Rochelle in the championship game Nov. 28 at the Carrier Dome.
Whitesboro's 40-14 conquest of Maine-Endwell last Friday night mirrored B'ville in that (1) the Warriors trailed late in the half and (2) the game turned with a halftime burst. Here, that meant 14 points in a hurry and, to cap it off, an absolutely astonishing catch.