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Lions' roar silenced in state finals

Now the fall season is done.

It ended with five teams - three from Section V, two from Section I - crowned as state champions. It was one in the latter group that put an end to the lone remaining Section III entry with a chance at the big prize.

General Brown took the field Sunday at high noon in the Carrier Dome, having gone further than any Frontier League team had gone before. But the "reward" for the 12-0 Lions was a 12-0 opponent in Bronxville, whose massive front line proved far too big - and far too good.

The first half settled matters. All GB could get was three first downs and 38 total yards, to the Broncos' 13 first downs and 232 yards. During that time, Bronxville scored five times - three touchdowns, two field goals - and it was 27-0, and practically settled.

Fighting to the end, GB would get touchdowns from Devin Tyler and Nick Klucasek, but the Broncos still won 34-14. It capped quite a remarkable autumn for Bronxville, who nabbed state championships in girls cross country and girls soccer before crushing the Lions' dreams.

Still, there's great admiration for what the boys from Dexter did. It somehow made a smooth transition from Steve Fisher's long, legendary coaching tenure to Tom Frears, put up mind-boggling point totals in the sectional playoffs, then fought past Chenango Forks and Fredonia just to make the finals. One wonders if the right team, and right circumstances, will arise to give GB a similar chance again.

Of the five state finals in the Dome, only one of them was a true classic - the Class AA battle between Rush-Henrietta and Troy. Though called the Flying Horse, Troy was brilliant on the ground in this game, amassing 420 rushing yards, 224 of them from Jordan Canzeri. And they still lost.

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