CBA quarterback J.R. Zazzara (5) heads out of the pocket and scrambles in Saturday night's Class AA regional final against Binghamton. Zazzara threw for 212 yards and ran for 55 more in the Brothers' 31-7 victory over the Patriots.
continued “We do a lot of film work during the week and our scout team did wonderful,” Pascarella said. They showed us every single play (Binghamton) was going to do, and we really did shut them down.”
Predictably, the Brothers second-half performance wasn’t as good. And that had both Casamento and Zazzara sounding alarm bells.
“When we got up 31-0 and went in (to the locker room) I felt us relax,” Casamento said. “My kinds were content to win tonight instead of being as good as they can be so that’s a little disappointing. But that’s about the only disappointment.”
“We can’t be just a first-half team,” Zazzara said. “We need a great first half and a great second half to beat some of these teams we’re going to be playing later in the states. That’s what’s being a good football team is all about.”
Overall, Zazzara completed 10-of-20 passes for 212 yards. He also rushed for 55 yards. Salter finished with 95 yards and spent much of the second half icing his ankle. He limped noticeably through the post-game handshake line.
Casemento gave Salter’s backup, Johnathan Stackhouse, seven second half carries in what might be preparation for action against Orchard Park.
“Stackhouse is a good back (but) Deshawn’s just a great back,” Casemento said. “If (Salter) isn’t ready Stack will be and we’ll go play. That’s football.”
Of the five Section III champions that went into the regional weekend, only CBA made it out. Sandy Creek (to Tioga), Nottingham (to Union-Endicott), Cazenovia (to Maine-Endwell) and Skaneateles (to Chenango Forks) all got beat.