Brothers pass big test, beat Henninger

Ground game, turnovers key 33-20 win for 6-0 CBA

— Casamento gave few real instructions to his team at halftime, saying later that the whole intention in the second half was to simplify things and give his best players - Zazzara, Deshawn Salter and Andre Dowdell - chances to make plays.

Salter's long kick return set up CBA near midfield at the start of the third quarter, and the senior tailback did most of the work on the ensuing drive before Zazzara, celebrating his 18th birthday, scored from three yards out to pull the Brothers even, 14-14.

At the same time, the Brothers' defense stayed in the middle to make sure Wilbur and his fellow Black Knights receivers didn't get open looks. That led to Kane Alletzhauser's star turn, as his first interception thwarted a Henninger scoring chance late in the third quarter.

On the first play of the final period, Zazzara, from his own 47, went left on the option keeper, and then turned back to the middle of the field on a 53-yard TD run to put CBA back in front 21-14.

Seconds later, Alletzhauser notched his second interception, and it took just two plays for the Brothers to make it 27-14, Dowdell finding the end zone on a 27-yard option run.

Not giving up, Henninger cut it to 27-20 on Collier's second TD run, from three yards out, with 6:22 left. Instead of playing it safe, though, the Brothers again saw Dowdell turn it loose on an option run, going 67 yards for a pivotal touchdown with 3:37 to play. Alletzhauser's third interception on a tipped pass sealed the win.

Of course, CBA is not the only 6-0 Class AA team in the area. Fayetteville-Manlius is, too, and though it had its lowest point total of the season in Friday night's game against Utica Proctor, the state no. 11-ranked Hornets still defeated the Raiders 42-21 and locked up first place in the AA-2 division.

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