Brothers stifle Raiders

Christian Brothers Academy took the O out of Colonie.

The Brothers kept the Garnet Raiders out of the end zone, and Jimmy O'Brien threw two touchdown passes to lead CBA to an 18-0 victory over Colonie in last Friday's class AA Super Bowl at Saratoga Springs High School.

It's CBA's first Section II title since 1985, and it gives the Brothers an automatic berth into next weekend's state semifinal in Kingston against the Section I or Section IX champion.

"It feels great," said CBA coach Jim Smith, who won his first Super Bowl in his 10-year varsity career. "The plaque's not going on my wall. The kids are the ones who earned it."

The Brothers (7-3) earned it by playing the same bend-but-don't-break defense that helped them beat Guilderland and Ballston Spa in the first two playoff rounds. Though Colonie (7-3) was nearly even with CBA in net yardage, the Brothers made several key defensive plays to keep the Garnet Raiders out of the end zone.

"Shutouts are never what you think of," said running back/defensive back Michael Chaires. "We just did our best to keep them out of the end zone."

Colonie didn't help its own cause with turnovers. Heath Furbeck fumbled two punt returns in the second half, and Tom Duff threw a fourth-quarter interception that set up CBA's final touchdown.

"We didn't play our best game," said Colonie coach Mike Ambrosio. "You can't expect to make mistakes like that and expect to win."

CBA took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when O'Brien capped a drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Joe Rajczak in the back right corner of the end zone. Luke Weaver then made certain the lead held up when he broke up Colonie's best scoring chance in the second quarter by batting down a Duff throw in the end zone.

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