Another week, another overmatched opponent for the Jamestown Red Raiders - at least on paper.
Coach Tom Langworthy doesn't see tonight's Class AA game at 7 at Strider Field against the Clarence Red Devils that way.
The Red Raiders are 5-0 overall, 4-0 in Class AA, are ranked No. 1 among large schools in Western New York, No. 14 in Class AA in the state and are averaging 54.8 points per game. In contrast, Clarence is 1-4 and 1-3 with the one win coming last week against Lockport. The Red Devils have scored 94 points, a figure Jamestown surpasses in two games.
But those four Clarence losses were against some of the best teams in WNY.
''Clarence, in my opinion, has had the toughest schedule in all of Section 6,'' Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy said. ''They opened up at Frontier, then they played St. Joe's, then they played Orchard Park and then they played Kenmore West, who just beat Frontier. So they lost to four schools that are in the top eight of the large schools (poll). And they just beat Lockport, which has been struggling lately, but had some really good moments early in the season (such as a win over Orchard Park). Clarence is much better than their record indicates and they always give us a good game.''
The Red Devils' first two losses were by 26 and 22 points, but since then it's been quite different. Clarence lost to defending state champion Orchard Park, 13-7, and to Kenmore West, 33-31.
Last week the Red Devils defeated Lockport, 31-21, so they will be coming into tonight's game on a high.
''They're always tough, always physical,'' Langworthy said. ''That style of offense that they play makes you match that physical nature. Otherwise, you're going to be giving up yardage. It's a tough game, it's a tough game plan.''
Leading the Red Devils' offense last week was Emaure Williams with 116 yards rushing and three touchdowns on runs of 30, 6 and 7 yards. On defense he had an interception.
Last week the Red Raiders reached the 50-point level again, but got off to a slow start against West Seneca West and led only 15-0 after the first quarter.
''I thought we sputtered early and we want to start fast,'' Langworthy said. ''We had some mistakes that were made in all areas of the game. We had some missed assignments.''
Jamestown had a shutout until only 45 seconds were left to play, but the touchdown and two-point conversion came against the second string.
''A shutout was our goal and we didn't get it, but we worked for it,'' Langworthy said. ''I thought our defense played really well, but I still think there is room for improvement.''
Joe Mistretta led the defense with five tackles for losses.
The offense doesn't need any improvement as quarterback Jake Sisson completed 15-of-23 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
Sisson also ran for a touchdown and now has a total of 29 for the season.
He hit Stephen Carlson with eight passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
Zacc Kinsey was the rushing leader with 120 yards on 14 carries and Da'quon Hollingsworth picked up 93 yards on 13 carries.
Those types of numbers have led to a 4-0 division record for the Red Raiders, but suffering one loss will put them into a tie for the Class AA title.
That is why Jamestown will take tonight's game very seriously, particularly with a game at sixth-ranked Orchard Park coming up next week to finish the regular season.