Baldwinsville junior defensive tackle Justin Weeks (92) tackles Utica Proctor quarterback Jordan Treen in Friday night's game. This play knocked Treen out of the game, and the Bees went on to a 40-32 victory over the Raiders.
continued Rouse also played every defensive down and handled punting duties for B'ville, veering his team away from a loss which would have slid them all the way down to fourth place in the league and a spot against undefeated AA-1 champion CBA in the first round.
“We’ll take the win, but it wasn’t pretty,” B’Ville head coach Carl Sanfilippo said. “But then again, we can win a championship and I don’t think it has to be pretty.”
Rouse gave B’Ville an early 7-6 lead on a one-yard score before the fierce Bees defensive front knocked Proctor quarterback Jordan Treen out of the game late in the first quarter.
Senior defensive end Justin Weeks and junior middle linebacker Matt Hartwell recorded drive-halting sacks. Then 6-foot-2, 330-pound defensive tackle Alfonzo Whitehurst crushed Treen on a knockdown, forcing Proctor head coach Jerry Fiorini to turn to backup Nico Dorsagno for the remainder of the game.
Despite all this, another Evans one-yard score gave Proctor a 12-7 lead with eight minutes to go in the first half.
But that didn't last long. Rouse took a pitch right for 10 yards to start the ensuing drive and, two plays later, took a handoff right, hurdled over one Proctor linebacker and outran defensive back Derrin Lilley for a 49-yard score.
Weeks nearly forced a safety on the Raiders next drive, but Raiders punter Naronn Harvey, who is also a 6-foot-5 wide receiver, eluded his grasp in the end zone and escaped before turning the ball over on downs.
Taking over at the Proctor 15-yard line, Rouse took a counter right for 12 yards to set up quarterback Gage Blasi’s one-yard TD sneak.
Raiders running back Lawrence Elliott ran out of a Cole Burchill tackle on the ensuing kickoff and sprinted 80 yards up the left sideline for a score, but Rouse dashed in from three yards out with 55 seconds left in the half to give B’ville a 26-18 lead.