CBA quarterback J.R. Zazzara (5) slips out of a tackle, flanked by Johnathan Stackhouse (20) and Alex Rost (60), during Saturday's Section III Class AA final at the Carrier Dome. Zazzara ran for one touchdown and threw for another in the Brothers' 35-24 victory over the Bees.
continued Following a scoreless opening period, back-to-back plays early in the second quarter put the Brothers out in front. The Bees' first sustained drive reached CBA's 25-yard line, but on fourth-and-one, instead of running again, B'ville tried a play-action pass. Josh Demoski got sacked, fumbled, and Keegan O'Hern returned it to the Bees' 47.
On the very next play, CBA quarterback J.R. Zazzara (who has come back from his own mono bout to start again) kept it on an option fake, cut back up the middle and went all the way to the end zone, a 53-yard run giving the Brothers a 7-0 lead.
Other than that, though, the Bees' defense held up well in the early going, and Brent Grippe's 20-yard sack midway through the period pinned CBA deep in its own end, leading to a short punt and another B'ville scoring opportunity.
This one wasn't wasted, as B'ville moved to the Brothers' 19, from where Rouse broke through the line of scrimmage, got inside the five and leaped over the last defenders into the end zone.
Tom Scarfino's extra point tied it, 7-7, where it stood at halftime. Rouse, to that point, had 123 yards on 19 carries, but he would never break a big run in the second half, even as the excitement was just getting started.
CBA reclaimed the lead on the first possession of the half, aided by Dametrius Brown's 20-yard kick return near midfield. Two Zazzara passes to Cody Radziewicz, covering 22 and 15 yards, led to Stackhouse going seven yards for the go-ahead TD.
Shay Sargeant returned the ensuing kickoff 33 yards into CBA territory. After five straight Rouse runs, Demoski found Eric Anthony on a 20-yard pass, putting the Bees' inside the Brothers' 10. Two plays later, Rouse had his second TD on a four-yard run, and with Scarfino's PAT, they were even again, 14-14.