CBA defensive end Aaron Donalson (9) emerges from the line and goes after Orchard Park quarterback Ben Holmes in Saturday night's Class AA state semifinal at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester. The Brothers lost, 26-14, to the defending state champion Quakers.
That was enough time, though, for the Quakers to march down the field 71 yards. Just as before, Holmes broke a long run inside CBA's 10, and Wilson, from five yards out, found the end zone, and so CBA trailed 20-7 at the break.
For a brief moment late in the third quarter, it looked like the Brothers would seize all the momentum. It stopped OP on a fourth down inside its own 20, and moments later Zazzara went deep and found Deshawn Salter on a 75-yard scoring strike to make it 20-14.
Even better for CBA, Dametrius Brown recovered a Holmes fumble on OP's next play from scrimmage. On the very next play, though, Zazzara forced a pass over the middle and the Quakers' Austin Goltz made a diving interception.
A familiar narrative played out midway through the fourth quarter. Again, OP's ground game took hold, as Wilson broke loose for his longest run of the night, a 40-yard jaunt that set up his own 15-yard TD sprint with 7:31 to play.
Trailing by 12, the Brothers again drove deep into OP territory, needing to score twice to win. But its last chance to get closer vanished when Connor Eddy picked off Zazzara in the end zone with 2:35 left.
So ends a remarkable season for the Brothers that included its first sectional title since 2005. A terrific group of seniors, including Radziewicz, Brown, Joey Pascarella, Jack Pfohl, Ben Capella, Alex Rost, John Hillenbrand and Christian Damico will depart.
But with Zazzara, Salter, Dowdell, Keegan O'Hern, Johnathan Stackhouse, Aaron Donalson and John Phillips all part of the returning cast for 2013, another push for championship glory is to be expected.