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Brothers stop B'ville in AA football final

CBA comes back twice in fourth quarter for 35-24 win

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.

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. P.J. Duffy

— Then the Bees' short kickoff slipped out of CBA's hands and into those of Brian Mahar at the Brothers' 39. With a chance to go in front, the Bees again mixed in Rouse's runs with a key fourth-down conversion when Demoski threw a 10-yard pass to Sargeant.

Stopped at the five, B'ville had to settle for Scarfino's 22-yard field goal. Still, the Bees were up, 17-14, putting CBA in a position it had never faced all season, trailing with one period left.

Despite this new adversity, said Pascarella, "we were very composed. If we didn't lose our heads, we would be okay."

Just 11 seconds into the fourth quarter, CBA went back in front, 21-17. Finally unleashing a long pass, Zazzara found Andre Dowdell behind B'ville's secondary, and Dowdell did the rest, going 55 yards for the go-ahead score.

But that lead didn't last two minutes, either. Demoski struck again with a 37-yard pass to Sargeant that ended up on CBA's one-yard-line, and Rouse scored on the next play.

Trailing a second time, 24-21, CBA quickly moved to the Bees' 11-yard line, leading to the game's biggest decision. On fourth-and-one, Casamento went for it, and Pascarella powered six yards, setting up first-and-goal.

Two plays later, Stackhouse went five yards for his second TD of the game with 4:44 left, and the lead, now belonging to CBA 28-24, had changed hands a fourth time in less than eight minutes . But it would not change hands again.

Finally, the Brothers made a stop and forced a punt. From its own 45, CBA, with a chance to put the game away, could not get a first down, giving B'ville one more chance on its own 27 with 1:53 left.

The Bees thought it had a big play when Demoski threw deep to Eric Anthony, but an illegal block penalty brought it back, and on fourth down Demoski again lost the ball on a sack, Pascarella returning it 15 yards for a clinching TD.

CBA, with its 10-0 record, advanced to play Section IV champion Binghamton next Saturday at 6 p.m. at East Syracuse-Minoa Stadium in the Class AA regional finals. The winner of that game goes to Rochester for the Nov. 17 state semifinal against Orchard Park or Rochester Aquinas.

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