Twelve months after getting stopped in its first trip to the state Class AA semifinals, the Baldwinsville football team tripped up in that same round, overwhelmed by Rush-Henrietta's main attraction, Ashton Broyld.
Dominating the game with both with his passing and running ability, Broyld, a 6-4, 235-pound senior quarterback, led the way as the Section V champion Royal Comets took out the Bees 55-28 Saturday night at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester.
All told, Broyld completed 10 of 17 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for 136 yards on 15 carries. As a whole, Rush-Henrietta piled up 606 yards of total offense, a record for a state playoff game.
B'ville arrived in this round convinced that, unlike its 2009 defeat to North Tonawanda (when star running back Malik Burks sat out the first half and the Bees never recovered), it had all the pieces in place for success. But it didn't have Broyld, whose astonishing physical presence - and ability - would make the primary difference.
At least the Bees had the opening statement. Tyler Rouse gained 11 yards on the game's first two plays. Then the sophomore tore through a large hole on the right side and ran, untouched, 66 yards to the end zone. Mark Stanard's extra point made it 7-0, and the game wasn't even 90 seconds old.
Yet it took less than 90 seconds for Rush to answer, thanks to Broyld. He quickly moved the Royal Comets to the Bees' 35, then took off on a dazzling TD run where he made a terrific move at the 25, changing direction to foil the last B'ville defender who could get him.
Later in the period, the Royal Comets put together a 69-yard march, mixing in throws and passes as Broyld got many of his backs and receivers involved before going the final three yards himself on a bootleg, putting Rush ahead 13-7 as the PAT was hooked.