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Wildcats win gridiron classic over B'ville

WG prevails, 39-38, with backup QB, two-point conversion at end

West Genesee wide receiver Sean Howard (3) tries to evade the grasp of Baldwinsville’s Carter Twombly (44) in last Friday’s game. Howard had a second-quarter touchdown in the Wildcats’ 39-38 win over the Bees.

West Genesee wide receiver Sean Howard (3) tries to evade the grasp of Baldwinsville’s Carter Twombly (44) in last Friday’s game. Howard had a second-quarter touchdown in the Wildcats’ 39-38 win over the Bees. Pat Duffy

— Where to start when describing the West Genesee football team's epochal 39-38 victory over Baldwinsville Friday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium?

Ask Josh Ginestro, who turned into the night's unlikely hero. "It feels amazing," he said. "I can't even explain it."

Perhaps it starts with the fact that the Wildcats blew a 21-point lead to the Bees in the second half, yet made two different comebacks in the final minutes - with Ginestro, a backup quarterback, filling in for the injured Matt Naton.

Most of all, this classic tale begins at the end. With a single second showing on the block, WG, down 38-31, pulled within one when Ginestro spotted a wide-open Nate Flask in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown pass.

This culminated a 76-yard drive that included one fourth-down conversion and, most importantly, dual penalties on the Bees - one for pass interference, the other a personal foul for unsportsmanlike conduct - that moved the ball down to B'ville's 13, setting up Flask's score on the very next play.

As that drive went on, WG head coach Joe Corley conferred with his assistants on possible strategy should his team get in the end zone. It was decided that, should the Wildcats get that TD, it would go for two points and the win, rather than an Evan Stefano extra point that would force overtime.

"We had their backs against the wall," said Corley, explaining his dramatic choice.

So indeed after Flask caught the TD, the Wildcats lined up for the two-point play. Ginestro took the snap, rolled right and, with all his other receivers covered, found Garrett Waldron in the corner of the end zone for the winning points and a loud roar among the many WG fans in attendance savoring revenge for one-sided losses to the eventual sectional champion Bees each of the last two years.

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