Coach Tom Langworthy doesn't have to be concerned about getting his Jamestown Red Raiders up for tonight's Section 6 Class AA football game against the Kenmore West Blue Devils at Strider Field at 7 p.m.
''This is right where we wanted to be at this time,'' he said. ''We have another goal we can solidify this week with winning at home. That would make us undefeated at home, that's one of our season's goals. That's a big deal to us.''
He added, ''We've only accomplished one out of four (goals) and that was to win a league championship and now the next one is to go undefeated at home.''
When Jamestown played at Kenmore West in Week 2, Red Raiders quarterback Jake Sisson, left, passed for a Section 6 record 508 yards and six touchdowns, and Zack Panebianco caught nine of the passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns.
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Another goal is to return to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the Class AA title game and that will be accomplished with a victory tonight.
''A win this week puts us back at the Ralph,'' Langworthy said. ''The thing we think about is winning at the Ralph, but we can't win at the Ralph unless we get there.
''In the past, one of our goals was to get there, now it's to win there. Just walking out the tunnel isn't doing it for us any more.''
And the task won't be easy for the Red Raiders, who are a perfect 8-0, ranked sixth in the state Class poll and first along large schools in Western New York. Kenmore West is 7-1, with the only loss to Jamestown.
''We have a lot of work to do because Kenmore West has changed a little bit in their game,'' Langworthy said. ''They haven't lost since we beat them in Week Two and that was a long time ago. A lot changes from Week Two to Week Nine.''
In that Week 2 game, Jamestown won 50-28 and it is mainly remembered for Red Raiders' quarterback Jake Sisson completing 21-of-40 passesfor a Section 6 record 508 yards and six touchdowns. However, that performance was needed because Jamestown had its hands full with the Blue Devils.
Kenmore West took an early a 6-0 lead and that's the only time an opponent has opened the scoring against the Red Raiders this season.
''We took some chances early against them,'' Langworthy said. ''We went for a fourth-and-short and didn't get it, and we also faked a punt a midfield and didn't get it. We gave them the short field a couple of times and that hurt us to an extent.''
The first half was a see-saw affair with Jamestown leading 21-14 just before halftime. That's when Quinn Lee Yaw, who returned to action last week after missing five games with injuries, kicked a school-record 47-yard field goal for 24-14 halftime lead
However, trailing by 10 didn't bother the Blue Devils. They scored two quick touchdowns after halftime and led 28-24 6:14 left in third quarter.
The Red Raiders regained the lead with 59 seconds later and went on to win.
''We've got our work cut out for us to make sure that defensively we play better than we did the last game,'' Langworthy said. ''In their (the Blue Devils) minds they probably think they let it slip away.''
The top recipient of Sisson's big passing day was Zack Panebianco, who had nine catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns.
''They're going to change some things up since we had such a big day throwing,'' Langworthy said. ''I don't think they're going to make it that easy for us again.''
Kenmore West's priority was to stop Jamestown's ground game and Da'Quon Hollingsworth finished with 71 yards on 17 carries.
Hollingsworth suffered an ankle injury in the first half of last week's win over Niagara Falls, but, he practiced on Thursday and will be in the starting lineup tonight.
The ground game was the bulk of Kenmore West's offense in Week 2 led by Alex Price, who scored three touchdowns, one from 56 yards. Last week he scored two touchdowns in a quarterfinal 28-15 win over Lancaster.
Jamestown rolled through its quarterfinal win over Niagara Falls by scoring 45 first-quarter points en route to a 63-6 win.
'We're looking forward to the challenge,'' Langworthy said. ''Last week was kind of relaxing to be in a game where there's that much of a difference in score. We're competitors and we're looking for the challenge.''
And Langworthy is expecting a challenge tonight.
He has also been bringing up a semifinal meeting with Kenmore West in 2011 when the Red Raiders won to earn first trip to the Class AA title game under Langworthy.
''I think about us going up there two years ago and beating them and they didn't expect it; they were the top seed,'' Langworthy said. ''Now we're the top seed down here.''