LANCASTER - When the Jamestown football team is lacking players, it is not lacking pride.
Frontier discovered that two seasons ago when the Red Raiders arrived without numerous players because of suspensions, but that didn't stop them from winning.
Friday night the Lancaster Redskins experienced the same thing.
Jamestown’s Eric Tyra sacks Lancaster quarterback Frank Petrasio for a safety during Friday night’s Class AA South game.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
The Red Raiders were missing four players, three because of injuries and one because of a suspension. And they were taking on the defending Class AA champions who had won 10 straight games at home.
That winning streak came to an end because not only did Jamestown defeat Lancaster, but it also shut the Redskins out, 12-0, in a Class AA South game.
''I can't tell you how proud I am of these guys,'' Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy said. ''The chips were stacked against us. We said early in the week many people aren't going to believe in us. The people in the room had to believe in us and needed to believe in each other.''
And the Red Raiders did to even their record at 1-1 both overall and in Class AA South. Lancaster is now 0-2 and 0-2.
Lancaster coach Len Jankiewicz gave all the credit to the Red Raiders.
''Jamestown better figure out that Tom Langworthy did a hell of job with those kids,'' he said. ''The whole staff deserves a tip of the hat because they just played great. It had nothing to do with us; it had everything to do with them. I'm really proud of Tom because of what he's going through. They played with heart. I'm devastated here for our team, but I can't be more happy for him because of how hard he works.''
The first quarter and most the second was a standoff.
Jamestown took the opening kickoff and sophomore quarterback Dennis Drew passed on the first two plays and the second was intercepted. But it was a sign of things to come.
''Last week went a little conservative and lost the game, so we tried something new and I think it worked out well,'' said Drew, who finished with six completions in 10 passes for 46 yards and one touchdown.
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''We have faith in Dennis and last week the game plan wasn't for him to throw, but we knew he's someone we can depend on and we need to depend on,'' Langworthy said. ''So we wanted to make a statement early on that we could go out and throw the football.''
Lancaster's best drive was its first of the game that reached the Red Raiders' 28-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. Jamestown's best drive reached the Lancaster 24 when the Red Raiders also turned the ball over on downs.
Late in the first half, the Red Raiders had a drive start at the Lancaster 44 and in six plays, with the help of a 15-yard penalty on the Redskins, Jamestown was at the 11 with a third-and-five play. Drew rolled to his left and attempted a pass to Ben Whitney, but it was short and Rich Backert intercepted it at the 1. However, Lancaster was unable to get a first down and had to punt.
Jacob Gullo returned the punt 17 yards to the hosts' 20. Jamestown reached the 11 and had a fourth-and-one which Drew converted on a keeper for a first down at the 10. Two plays later, Drew again rolled to his left and hit Whitney with a pass. Whitney was short of the goal line and had his back to it as he was tackled, but he managed to turn and stretch the ball into the end zone for a touchdown with 57 seconds left in the half. Eric Tyra kicked the extra point and the Red Raiders took a 7-0 lead into halftime.
''We got great backside blocks, Whitney got open and the made a great play after he caught it and to dove to the pylon,'' Drew said.
Whitney said, ''I just got it, put my shoulder down and ran to the end zone. I wanted to get it really bad. All I wanted was that touchdown.''
What Lancaster took the locker room was six penalties in the first half for 38 yards while the Red Raiders were guilty of two for 10 yards.
The Redskins took the second-half kickoff and Ryan Radke started at quarterback after seeing some action in the first half along with Frank Petrasalo. Radke ran five times for 33 yards and three first downs and for the first time since the opening drive of the game, Lancaster was moving. But on the eighth play of the drive with Radke in the shotgun, the snap went over his head. He had plenty of time to fall on the ball, but instead tried unsuccessfully to pick it up and failed while Gullo recovered for Jamestown at the Red Raiders' 45.
Jamestown drove all the way to the Lancaster 6 where on a third-and-two play, Campion fumbled and Justin Lewis recovered the ball for the Redskins at their own 4. With Petrasalo back at quarterback on a third-and-11 play, he was sacked in the end zone by Eric Tyra for a safety and a 9-0 Jamestown lead with 1:46 left in third quarter.
''It opened up for me,'' Tyra said. ''We've been working on blitzes all week and we just changed it up one time and I got through.''
The Redskins punted the ball to the Red Raiders, who had their drive stopped and were forced to punt. But Lewis fumbled the return after being hit by Camryn Knight and Tyra recovered the ball at the Redskins' 15. Four plays later, Tyra kicked a 30-yard field goal and Jamestown led 12-0 with 8:01 left in the game.
''It felt great,'' Tyra said about his kick. ''I wasn't sure how confident I'd be coming into this game kicking field goals, but it was just like I'd been kicking it my whole life.''
On the first play after the ensuing kick off, Radke fumbled after being hit by John Czech and Gullo and Tyra recovered the ball at the Redskins' 28.
''We just weren't ignited,'' Jankiewicz said about another turnover. ''We were just flat and Jamestown was ready to go. It was pretty evident from the get-go.''
Six plays later, Tyra attempted another field goal from 28 yards, but missed.
But there were less than four minutes left and to cap the win, Chris Carlson intercepted a Lancaster pass with 1:43 left to play.
Tyra not only recovered a couple of fumbles and kicked a field goal, but he also led the Red Raiders in tackles with eight, including three sacks.
''It just must have been my night,'' he said. ''Scratch that; just our night. Everything worked out great. Those fumbles would never have come if somebody wouldn't have forced them.''
Langworthy said, ''Eric is a complete player and a complete person. He deserves everything he gets because he's been working at this since last November.''
Cortland Haines had seven tackles with one sack and Czech had six tackles.
Campion led Jamestown in rushing with 70 yards on 18 carries while Gullo had 51 yards on 17 rushes. And both were playing despite sprained ankles.
''We had a great job of blocking by our offensive line,'' Campion said. ''We ran the same play over and over again and they knew we were coming, but we kept pushing hard and we played hard up front.''
Jamestown finished with 136 yards rushing while Lancaster had only 74.
The Red Raiders return to action at Strider Field on Friday at 7 p.m. when they play host to the Bennett Tigers in a Class AA South game.
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Jam-Whitney 7 pass from Drew (Tyra kick)
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