The Jamestown Red Raiders came into the 2013 football season with a no-huddle offense that is supposed to run plays in machine-gun fashion.
On Friday night at Strider Field against the Niagara Falls Wolverines, the Jamestown no-huddle offense was scoring points in machine-gun fashion.
The Red Raiders scored after less than two minutes had been played and they went on to score on every possession in the half as they rolled to a 33-0 lead after the first quarter and the margin was up to 52-0 at halftime. Niagara Falls finally got on the scoreboard twice in the second half while the Jamestown starters watched from the bench in a 52-14 Class AA victory.
Jamestown’s Da’Quon Hollinsgworth rushed for 113 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Red Raiders’ convincing Class AA football victory over Niagara Falls in the season opener at Strider Field. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Jim Riggs
Zack Panebianco returns an interception in the first quarter that set up Jamestown’s second touchdown.
''We would like to run one (a play) as soon as possible,'' Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy said. ''We just try to get up to the ball and run it as soon as we can get the play off and try to keep the defense on their heels.''
And that's what happened.
''The offense started out hot, the defense got some big stops early and the kicking game kept the ball down in their end,'' Langworthy said. ''That kind of created a perfect storm for us. We were able to get rolling and get off to a big lead and we continued rolling.''
He added, ''We definitely have some weapons offensively.''
One of them is senior quarterback Jake Sisson, who completed 8-of-12 passes for 45 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 21 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior running back Da'Quon Hollingsworth rushed 14 times for 113 yards and three touchdowns.
''I thought one little thing that lot of people probably didn't see was that they were doubling (Zack) Panebianco which opened up everybody else,'' Langworthy said. ''They had a guy manned up on Panebianco, the safety over the top of him trying to take him away.''
And that left other receivers such as Stephen Carlson, Ben Larson and Brian Park open and they each caught a touchdown pass.
''Zack helped the team by being Zack and by doing the things he can do, not necessarily statistically,'' Langworthy said. '' He's recognized in Western New York as a threat and people are going to try to take him away, but we have other weapons we can go to and that's what we did tonight.''
Scoring 52 points in the first half left most of the Red Raiders stunned.
''That's a lot of points in one half,'' Sisson said. ''But we're running the no-huddle offense and getting plays off quick and it just shows how much our no-huddle offense is actually working.''
Hollingsworth said, ''It kind of was like a dream.''
When asked if he's ever been involved with any team at any level that scored 52 points in one half, he said, ''No, never. But it's here and and I'm embracing it''
Jamestown's first drive took seven plays to go 62 yards as Hollingsworth scored from 3 yards out and after the extra-point kick by Quinn Lee Yaw failed, Jamestown led 6-0 after 1:47 of play.
Niagara Falls got the ball for the first time and had it for only for one play as quarterback Daveon Cook had a pass over the middle tipped by Carlson, Panebianco made the interception and returned it 21 yards to the Wolverines' 24-yard line. Three plays later, Hollingsworth had a 15-yard touchdown run and on a fake extra-point kick, Sisson passed to Carlson for a two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead.
Niagara Falls went three-and-out, but its punt snap was high and the Red Raiders ended up with the ball at the visitors' 7. Two plays later, Hollingsworth scored from 2 yards and the score stayed at 20-0 after another missed extra point with 7:04 left in the first quarter.
After another Wolverines' three-and-out, Jamestown scored on a 16-yard quarterback keeper by Sisson and the failed extra point made the score 26-0.
Niagara Falls' next possession ended with a fumble recovered by Jamestown's Mike Parker at the visitors' 28. After a 5-yard penalty, the Red Raiders scored on a 33-yard pass from Sisson to Park and Lee Yaw's extra-point kick made it 33-0 with 1:22 left in the first quarter.
Niagara Falls finally recorded its initial first down and passed the 50-yard line for the first time. But a sack by Cameron Harberberger stalled the drive and the Wolverines punted away.
Then the Red Raiders drove 68 yards in nine plays to score on a 4-yard keeper by Sisson and Lee Yaw's kick upped the lead to 40-0.
It moved to 46-0 on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Sisson to Carlson and then 52-0 with 1:30 left in the half on a 30-yard pass from Sisson to Larson.
A key to the offense clicking was the play of the offensive line, which was supposed to be a concern coming into the season.
''Everybody said that because we had such a small line that we weren't going to be able to do anything and we proved them wrong by the scoreboard and I'm just happy with the win,'' said tackle Erik Tingue, who was also the co-leader in tackles with six.
Guard Joe Mistretta, who also had six tackles, echoed that.
''We had a chip on our shoulder and everyone told us we can't do it, we're too small,'' he said. ''That just fired us up and we're going to keep going out and doing our thing.''
Another plus for Jamestown in the first half was that Lee Yaw kicked off seven times and all went into the end zone for touchbacks.
In the second half, the Red Raiders' starters played only the first series.
''We had the ball in the red zone and we didn't score on that and I'm not pleased,'' Langworthy said. ''We never want to go in the red zone without points.''
For the remainder of the game, Joe Ramos was at quarterback for the Red Raiders and plenty of reserves saw action.
Niagara Falls finally got on the scoreboard, thanks to a 52-yard run by quarterback Cook to the Jamestown 4-yard line. From there, Shaolin McCray scored and then Cook ran in a two-point conversion for a 52-8 score with 26 seconds left in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Wolverines had a drive start from their own 19-yard line and it didn't last long. On the first play, McCray took off down the right sideline and then cut back to the middle at the end for an 81-yard touchdown run. After a two-point conversion pass failed, the Jamestown lead was 52-14.
Jamestown's other top tacklers were Jacis Blake and Kevin Mosley with five each.
Jamestown returns to action next Saturday at 2 p.m. in a Class AA game at Kenmore West.
Niagara Falls0 0 8 6 - 14
Jamestown33 19 0 0 - 52
Jam-Hollingsworth 2 run (kick failed)
Jam-Hollingsworth 15 run (Carlson pass from Sisson)
Jam-Hollingsworth 2 run (kick failed)
Jam-Sisson 16 run (kick failed)
Jam-Park 33 pass from Sisson (Lee Yaw kick)
Jam-Sisson 4 run (Lee Yaw kick)
Jam-Carlson 17 pass from Sisson (kick failed)
Jam-Larson 30 pass from Sisson (kick failed)
NF-McCray 4 run (Cook run)
NF-McCray 81 run (pass failed)