Baldwinsville running back Tyler Rouse (32) tries to get around CBA’s Cody Radziewicz in Saturday’s Section III Class AA final at the Carrier Dome. Despite three more touchdowns and 200 yards on the ground, Rouse and the Bees lost, 35-24, to the Brothers, denied a third sectional title in four years.
continued 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.
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.
Just 11 seconds into the fourth quarter, though, 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, putting B”ville back in front 24-21.