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Bees drop OT playoff classic to Henninger

B'ville leads of 13-0, 20-13 disappear to Black Knights

Baldwinsville running back Cameron Skipworth (22) sprints away from the tackle attempt of Henninger defensive lineman Jayjuan Works (43) in last Saturday’s Class AA playoff game. Despite Skipworth’s pair of touchdowns, the Bees fell to the Black Knights in overtime, 26-20.

Baldwinsville running back Cameron Skipworth (22) sprints away from the tackle attempt of Henninger defensive lineman Jayjuan Works (43) in last Saturday’s Class AA playoff game. Despite Skipworth’s pair of touchdowns, the Bees fell to the Black Knights in overtime, 26-20. P.J. Duffy

— “We made some mistakes and didn’t overcome them,” Sanfilippo said. “That’s the bottom line. It’s a game of errors. We put the ball down a couple times (and) we had a couple stupid penalties.”

The second half began much like the first half did for the Bees. Starting at its own 39, Sparks and Skipworth bullied their way into Henninger territory, and Skipworth finished the drive with a 29-yard TD run to give B'ville a 20-13 lead.

The Bees took over on downs after Henninger’s next drive, but Tom Scarfino’s 30-yard field goal attempt early in the fourth quarter bounced off the right upright, a carom that would prove quite important.

Black Knights quarterback Romero Collier needed only one play to tie the game, hitting Tiquan Simpkins for an 80-yard touchdown pass as Simpkins caught thje ball at the 45 and ran the rest of the way, the extra point making it 20-20 with 9:16 left in regulation.

B'ville squandered an opportunity to regain the lead on its next possession when Blasi threw his second interception of the night, to McGann.

Then the Black Knights chewed up the rest of the fourth quarter on one possession, driving all the way down to B'ville's one-yard line. Luckily for the Bees, Henninger’s 13th penalty of the day turned a fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line into a fourth-and-goal rom the six.

With 23.2 seconds in the game, the Black Knights elected to kick a 23-yard field goal, but Joe Caparelli missed, sending the two teams into OT, just where B'ville was a week earlier when it outlasted Utica Proctor 35-28.

Henninger had the first OT possession. On another fourth down inside the Bees’ five, Collier scrambled around the pocket and threw a lob pass into the back of the end zone. Miraculously, McGann snatched the ball out of the air for the go-ahead touchdown.

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