Sep 12, 2009 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Having cast the preliminaries aside, the Baldwinsville football team can now turn its attention to trying to topple Christian Brothers Academy and Liverpool, the two big favorites in the Class AA-1 division.
The Bees got another huge effort from tailback Malik Burks last Friday night at Fayetteville-Manlius on its way to a 49-27 victory over the Hornets.
Though he didn’t quite reach the 301-yard total he got against West Genesee, Burks did reach 279 yards, plus four touchdowns, giving him nine TD’s for the young season.
Yet for all Burks did, it was quarterback Niko Manning that gave the Bees its wake-up call.
B’ville did not have a good first quarter against an F-M team that had allowed 42 points to Liverpool in the first half of its Sept. 5 opener at the Carrier Dome.
Meanwhile, fired up in front of its home fans, the Hornets struck first, driving to B’ville’s five-yard line before Kyle Greer took it home for the touchdown.
Still down 7-0 as the second quarter started, the Bees moved to the Hornets’ 40. Again, F-M stacked the line, expecting Burks to get the ball.
Instead, Manning ran a keeper and, getting pitch-perfect blocking, went all the way for the touchdown. The extra point was missed, but the spark had been lit.
From there, the Bees dominated the rest of the half, eventually getting 28 points in that second period.
Three different times, B’ville drove into F-M territory. Each time, Burks turned it into points, scoring on runs of 25, 44 and 33 yards, and throwing in a two-point conversion after the first of those TDs.
Ahead 28-7 at the break, B’ville had to keep going, especially after Matt Moro’s nine-yard scoring run early in the third quarter cut the margin to 28-14.
Burned there, the Bees’ defense made up for it when, on F-M’s next posssesion, it forced a fumble, and Nick Alenciewicz returned it five yards for a TD. Antonio Peck tacked on a three-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
B’ville has put up 90 points in two games, a level of production that will get severely tested this Friday on the new artificial turf field at Alibrandi Stadium against CBA.
Despite the loss of star senior Bryant Moore to a torn ACL, the Brothers have also roared out 2-0, its latest effort a 35-6 win over Henninger where CBA got 28 points in the third quarter alone.
Just as the Brothers will be focused on containing Burks, the Bees will see if it can slow down CBA’s famed spread offense, run by quarterback Tyler Hamblin and featuring star tailback Fajri Jackson.
Between this game, and the visit from Liverpool on Sept. 25, B’ville will know what kind of chance it has at both league – and sectional – honors.
F-M, meanwhile, is 0-2 and will play at Auburn Thursday night. The Maroons just beat Central Square 74-32, a game where running back Ismail Brooks had 305 yards and seven touchdowns.