CBA running back Deshawn Salter (25) dives to get a few more yards in Friday night's Class AA semifinal against West Genesee. Salter gained 159 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Brothers' 35-13 victory over the Wildcats.
continued On the first play of the second quarter, Zazzara, from WG's 31-yard line, again isolated Dowdell in single coverage and found him open as Dowdell streaked to the end zone again, making it 14-0.
Then, in a 17-second sequence, CBA all but put the Wildcats away. First, WG's Naesean Howard fumbled, and Joey Pascarella recovered at midfield. Then Zazzara took off on a 42-yard run, which set up Salter's nine-yard TD sprint on the next play.
That made it 21-0, a mark that was more than enough for CBA's defense. In the first half alone, Pascarella had two tackles for losses, while Keegan O'Hern sacked Wildcats quarterback Dan Ginestro twice.
"The defense has been very special," said Casamento. "We're not as big or physical as CBA teams of the past, but we're quick and intense."
That intensity slacked a bit in the second half, as the Wildcats put together a pair of scoring drives. But the Brothers countered both times, Zazzara throwing his third TD pass, a 16-yard strike to Cody Radziewicz and Salter going 25 yards for a TD late in the fourth quarter to ice it.
Overall, Salter gained 159 yards on 21 carries, and will have extra motivation going into the final, given all the attention that Baldwinsville's star back, senior Tyler Rouse, will receive. Rouse had four touchdowns in the semifinal against F-M, and two more called back due to penalties.
Of course, every CBA player is burning to get that elusive sectional title after three straight finals defeats in the Dome, two of them to B'ville in 2009 and 2010. That, plus the fact that Casamento will be honored later that night as an inductee into CBA's Athletic Hall of Fame, only adds to the excitement surrounding this championship game.