Baldwinsville running back Tyler Rouse (32) dives to the end zone for one of his three touchdowns early in Friday night's game against Henninger. Rouse ran for 278 yards and also returned a punt for a score as the Bees held off the Black Knights 47-42.
continued Four minutes after that sensational pitch-and-catch the Bees got another big play. Fullback Cole Burchill burst through the Henniger line and ran 73 yards to pay dirt.
Burchill’s touchdown proved to be B'ville's last. And it proved just enough to hold off the game Black Knights.
“We talked about character and playing hard, and our kids did that,” Henniger coach Dave Kline said. “They fought through to the end.”
Henniger running back Riquelle Othman led the Black Knights offensively. He had 65 and 73-yard scoring runs the first two times he touched the ball, and finished with 194 yards on just 10 carries.
B'ville returns to action next Friday. The Bees host Fayetteville-Manlius at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised by Time Warner Cable Sports.
It's a big contest for early control in the Class AA-1 division. F-M, like B'ville, is 2-0, having routed Central Square in its Aug. 31 opener before battling past defending Class AA champion West Genesee 14-13 on Saturday afternoon.