General Brown's big chance

Jacob Brown is, at best, a peripheral figure in American military history. He did most of his work in the War of 1812, a conflict that made the likes of Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison and Oliver Perry (he of "We have met the enemy and they are ours) instant heroes.

Among Brown's important feats was turning back a British force that sailed across Lake Ontario, attempting to take the port of Sackets Harbor on May 29, 1813. For that, he earned the eternal gratitude of residents in that area and, some generations later, the school district in the village of Dexter chose to name itself in his honor - using his military title.

Thus, General Brown - which brings us to the football portion of the program.

Three Section III teams ventured west to Rochester's Marina Auto Stadium for last weekend's state semifinals. Only the Lions came back with a chance to win it all in the Carrier Dome on Thanksgiving weekend.

GB's Class C semifinal against the Fredonia Hillbillies (my, what a nickname to deal with) was, for nearly three quarters, a complete standoff, one defensive stop after another. Then two Fredonia turnovers led to two Lion touchdowns, the latter of them a Kyle Scordo interception returned for six early in the fourth quarter.

Fredonia cut it to 13-7, only to muff a punt that set up another GB score. From there, the Lions held on, winning 20-14 as the Hillbillies' last attempt to pull even fell a few yards short.

Never in the 18-year history of the state football playoffs has a team from the Frontier League played for the big prize. So you can bet a large portion of north-country partisans, and not just those in gold and blue, will be ready Sunday at the Dome when GB faces Bronxville, who lost last year's title game to Southwestern and bashed Saranac Lake 42-14 in the other semifinal.

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