Class AA football: Semifinals feature top seeded C-NS and CBA
10/27/2016 9:51 AM

Two teams that have reigned at the top of the local Class AA football media poll all season will play Friday for an opportunity to meet each other in the Section III final.  Cicero-North Syracuse and Christian Brothers Academy, both undefeated and state-ranked, will compete in semifinal games at C-NS' Michael Bragman Stadium against Corcoran and Baldwinsville. The winners will advance to the sectional final at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, inside the Carrier Dome.

Here's a look at match-ups:

1-C-NS (8-0) vs. 4-Corcoran (5-3)
Time: 5 p.m.
TV: Time Warner Cable Sports
How they got here: The Northstars overcame a sluggish start to pound Henninger, 41-21, in a Friday quarterfinal game. The Cougars forced seven Auburn turnovers to hold off the Maroons, 14-12.
Recent history: C-NS blanked the Cougars, 27-0, in Week 2 in a game that showed just how good the Northstars' defense would be all season long.
Rankings: C-NS is No. 11 in this week’s state Class AA rankings and No. 2 in the CNY High School Football Media Poll. Corcoran is No. 6 in the local media poll.
Some numbers: The Northstars average more than 31 points on offense and give up 9.6 on defense through eight games. The Cougars are scoring 22 points per game and give up an average of 19.6.
The skinny: C-NS has been on a quest to return to the Carrier Dome, where they opened the season with its closest game, a 20-15 win over Henninger. The defense has been solid and the offense has been able overcome occasional slow starts to take control in the second half. Head coach Dave Kline and co. have succeeded in keeping the Northstars focused on their ‘one week at a time’ mantra.  Corcoran’s offense struggled early this season but has been just as prolific as C-NS (30 ppg) over the past four games. If the Cougars can get off to a fast start, they might give the Northstars something to think about – although that didn’t really help Henninger much last Friday. Coach Tyrone Fisher and his assistants have to keep the Cougars believing in order to pull the upset.


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