Brothers fend off Henninger, repeat as AA champs

CBA needs late Zazzara touchdown to prevail 19-14

— Once again, Henninger turned it over early in the fourth quarter, as Scott fumbled on a long run and, after a long scramble, Sidney Vallery recovered near midfield.

But after the Black Knights made yet another stop, it pulled off a stunning play by blocking Nolan Bower's punt and seeing K.J. White return it 40 yards for a touchdown with exactly nine minutes to play. When Scott fired a jump pass that Brandon Wilbur caught one-handed in the end zone for two points, Henninger took a 14-13 lead.

CBA trailed for all of 32 seconds. Zazzara, on the second play following that blocked punt, found a seam on an option run and dashed all the way to the end zone. The senior quarterback said the play was sprung by great blocks from his offensive line as the Brothers got the big play that had proved elusive most of the way.

Still with a chance, Henninger moved the ball from its own 20 against a CBA defense depleted by injuries to the likes of Vallery and Aaron Donalson. But once more, the Brothers' defense would make a key stop, halting Justin McGann on a fourth down at the CBA 41 with 3:30 left.

From there, the Brothers ran out most of the remaining clock with Salter eating up yards on the ground, and with another sectional title secure, it could start to focus on grabbing the second state championship in the program's history to go with the one it earned in 2004.

Next Saturday at 3 p.m., CBA faces Elmira, the Section IV champions, in the regional finals at Union-Endicott High School. A win here would send the Brothers to the Nov. 23 state semifinals at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester against Aquinas or Jamestown.

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