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Bees unleash passing game, but fall to F-M

Blasi throws for 355 yards as rally falls short

: Baldiwnsville defensive back Cameron Skipworth (22) leaps to make the tackle on Fayetteville-Manlius tight end Tim Byrnes (88) in last Friday’s game. Skipworth also caught a third-quarter touchdown pass in the Bees’ 49-37 loss to the Hornets.

: Baldiwnsville defensive back Cameron Skipworth (22) leaps to make the tackle on Fayetteville-Manlius tight end Tim Byrnes (88) in last Friday’s game. Skipworth also caught a third-quarter touchdown pass in the Bees’ 49-37 loss to the Hornets. P.J. Duffy

— Still trailing 28-20 at halftime, the Bees cut the gap to five on Tom Scarfino's 32-yard field goal late in the third quarter, which ignited a frantic sequence that nearly put the Bees in front.

A 23-yard pass to Krizman set up Jake Pulver's five-yard TD run, but on the next play from scrimmage, Blasi went deep and found Cameron Skipworth on a 62-yard scoring pass, making it 35-30, and the Bees recovered the ensuing squib kick.

Here, though, F-M's beleaguered defense finally made a stand, turning it over on downs, and a series of runs from Jake Pulver, including a 35-yard scamper set up Wittig's scrambling five-yard TD pass to Zaire Ashley with 7:10 to play.

Three more Blasi passes - two of them to Mitch Rein - got the Bees back within five as Sparks, who had struggled to find space all game against F-M's fast front seven, scored his second TD with 4:15 to play on a five-yard run.

That made it 42-37, at least until Krizman delivered on his second spectacular play of the night, one that ultimately put the game out of the Bees' reach.

F-M faced a third-down-and-seven on its own 42 with 3:15 left. At first, it looked like Wittig's throw to Krizman near the midfield stripe would fulfill the task of picking up a first down and keeping the clock moving.

But Krizman had other plans. He took off down the sideline, picking up some blocks downfield, and then cut back to the middle, fighting off the tackle attempts from B'ville's secondary and battling past the goal line for a 58-yard touchdown.

Moments later, Wittig, who had thrown four TD passes and made all seven of his extra-point attempts, intercepted Blasi's long pass in the end zone, the Bees' lone turnover of the night, and F-M ran out the clock.

B’ville returns to Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium this Friday night to face Rome Free Academy (2-1), who is coming off its own memorable comeback from a 26-point deficit to stun main rival Utica Proctor 47-46 in overtime. Kickoff is at 6:30.

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