One loss, regardless of the circumstances, was one too many, as far as the Baldwinsville football team was concerned. With the advent of the Section III Class AA playoffs, the Bees' natural order of winning was quickly restored.
B'ville and Corcoran met on Friday night for the first round of the AA playoffs at Liverpool High School's new turf field. Those expecting to see a competitive battle were disappointed as the game started slow, but then turned into a rout as the Bees ran away from the Cougars, producing a 40-6 victory.
Concerned that the Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium grass would not be ready, B'ville officials moved the game to Liverpool, to get a clean surface and a fair shake for both sides. Taking full advantage of the new, clean surroundings (where it beat Liverpool 47-20 earlier this season), the Bees kept its hopes of repeating as Class AA champions alive.
By a wide margin, B'ville's stifling defense was the key factor in the game, as it forced Corcoran into five turnovers and produced a safety. That safety came in the first quarter, when Corcoran's Shakem Buckmon fumbled and his teammate, Deondre Smith, had to fall on it in the end zone before the Bees got to it.
After the safety, B'ville got the ball back on the free kick and was turning in a potential scoring drive before turning the ball over on downs. The two sides then traded punts, Corcoran again getting pushed back deep into its own territory.
Running back Chao Porch ran to the side, perhaps setting up an option pass - but he fumbled, and Mark Stanard picked the ball up and scooted 14 yards into the end zone for a touchdown and a 9-0 lead. On the very next possession, Corcoran again fumbled, which lead to Stanard connecting on a 30-yard field goal and a 12-0 lead heading into halftime.