CBA 20 - GHS 7
The Christian Brothers Academy football team entered Friday’s
Section II Class AA semifinal contest at Guilderland having
dropped two contests in nine outings. In tough defeats, the
Brothers were outplayed and made too many mistakes to prevail.
This time around, CBA was the better team throughout.
Despite a wobble early in the final period, the Brothers used a
punishing ground game to produce touchdown runs from Brenden Simek
and Donald Jones in posting a 20-7 victory over Guilderland.
The loss denied the Dutchmen (6-3) from reaching a third straight
championship contest. Guilderland lost in the 2019 Super Bowl
against Shenendehowa and captured the Fall Season II during the
spring with a 22-21 triumph over Shaker.
CBA (8-2) nearly produced as many rushing attempts as yards gained
by Guilderland. The Brothers’ defense limited the Dutchmen to 54
yards overall, including 14 yards passing on 19 attempts.
Guilderland senior quarterback Ty Santabarbara never was able to
set his feet on a single throw.
"I thought we had a really good game plan coming in knowing what
they were going to do. It was going to take great effort and
mental focus tonight," CBA coach Bobby Burns said. "I don't know
how many yards they had, but it could not have been a lot."
"Listen, our defense played so well together," CBA nose guard
Jason Rogers said. "We're a team. At the end of the day, that's
all that matters. If you play as a team, you can beat anybody."
“We knew we needed to be more consistent with the ball on offense
so they couldn’t get in the position to be able to run the ball on
us,” Guilderland coach Dan Penna said. “We didn’t do enough.”
Third-seeded CBA will take on fourth-seeded Shenendehowa (7-2),
who handed Shaker its first defeat 17-14 in the other semifinal.
"I think it is great. We played a great game against them last
week," Burns said. "Hopefully, we can prepare for them the same
way we did this week."