Brothers fend off Henninger, repeat as AA champs

CBA needs late Zazzara touchdown to prevail 19-14

— At the same time, though, the Brothers found it difficult to sustain its own drives. It had success running the ball, but time and again Henninger shut down CBA"s passing attack, forcing J.R. Zazzara into three sacks and an interception from Keisean Scott.

Despite all that, the Brothers took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. Kane Alletzhauser, whose three second-half interceptions proved so pivotal in the first meeting with Henninger, hit Justin McGann hard, forcing a fumble that Tim Pierret recovered on the Black Knights' 29. Six plays later, on fourth-and-goal, Deshawn Salter found the end zone on a two-yard run.

Henninger continued getting chances, though, and finaly converted as the half wound down. Collier threw 20 yards to Tyquan Simpkins and 25 yards to Keisan Scott on the sidelines to set up McGann's one-yard touchdown plunge with 33 seconds left in the second quarter.

A missed extra point meant that the Brothers would cling to a slim 7-6 edge at the break, its confidence in the passing game not helped by Scott intercepting Zazzara seconds after McGann's TD.

However, Henninger suffered a much bigger blow when Collier injured his shoulder on the last play of the half.

Collier did not return, and Scott, who started the season at quarterback before Collier assumed the duties in late September, had to take over, limiting the Black Knights' passing game the rest of the way.

It was Salter kick-starting CBA's attack midway through the third quarter with his longest run of the game, 38 yards, to set up his team's second scoring drive. Zazzara, back on the field, converted a key third down with an 11-yard scramble, and one player Johnathan Stackhouse found the end zone from 14 yards out, the missed extra point keeping the Brothers' lead at 13-6.

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