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Bees stopped again in state football semifinals

Antonio Peck promptly returned the ensuing kickoff 50 yards deep into Comets territory, setting up a short drive that, again, was all on the ground. Rouse finished it off with a one-yard scoring run and, when Stanard's PAT sailed through, B'ville was back in front 14-13 - but that would be the last lead.

Broyld stayed red-hot, as he found Devon Maio on a 53-yard pass that put the Comets at the Bees' three. Again, Broyld scored the TD, from three yards out, and Maio took a reverse in for two points as Rush reclaimed the lead, 21-14.

The next Rush possession meant the next Rush touchdown. Broyld this time made a 17-yard run to move to the Bees' 20, then found Maio in the end zone two plays later, the scoring strike making it 27-14, and making things urgent for B'ville, even though the game was only in the middle of the second quarter.

So the Bees moved inside the Comets' 16 late in the half, only to get hurt by a holding penalty on Casey Colligan's scramble to the one-yard line. Instead of first-and-goal, the ball went back to the 34, and Christian Harris intercepted Colligan's long pass on the next play.

In a matter of two plays, Rush made it 35-14. From the Comets' 25, Broyld threw long across the middle to Maio, and when the Bees' secondary got mixed up, he outran the rest of the defenders to the end zone, a 75-yard dagger that, combined with a two-point pass to Chauncey Scissum, expanded the deficit to 35-14.

That's where it remained at halftime, only because an illegal block penalty kept Harris from returning a punt 60 yards for yet another TD in the last minute. Broyld, by himself, accounted for 291 yards in the half - 222 in the air, 69 on the ground.

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