The Brothers quickly responded, using TD runs by Mike Vavonese and Joey Pascarella to seize a 14-6 lead early in the second period. Then Johnson struck again when, after Pascarella's six-yard scoring run, he returned the ensuing kick 75 yards for yet another TD.
Corey Scanlon's two-point run briefly tied matters, 14-14, but that would finish CNS's production on the night as a fast, physical Brothers defense constantly halted any attempts by the Northstars to move the ball.
Meanwhile, CBA quarterback Cam MacPherson was playing catch with his favorite receiver, Evan Adamo. Of MacPherson's 17 completions for 277 yards, 11 went to Adamo, for 176 yards, including a 36-yard TD connection in the third quarter that helped break the game open.
Vavonese added 90 yards on the ground, plus another TD, as CBA stayed ahead of the AA-1 field, and left the Northstars hoping that the energy generated by the rivalry with Liverpool will salvage something from a difficult campaign.