After a 63-6 win in its playoff opener, Jamestown football coach Tom Langworthy said he expected more of a challenge in the Red Raiders' second postseason contest.
Well, Jamestown's opponent, the Kenmore West Blue Devils (6-3), did score 14 points. But Jamestown scored 69 in a Section 6 Class AA semifinal game at Strider Field on Friday night.
When the teams played at Kenmore East in Week 2 of the regular season, the Blue Devils led in the third quarter before losing, 50-28. So even Friday night's score, with a season high of 69 points, surprised Langworthy.
Jamestown’s Zack Panebianco, above, catches one of his eight passes, while Zacc Kinsey, below, rushes for some of his 118 yards in the Red Raiders’ 69-14 victory over Kenmore West in Friday’s Section 6 Class AA semifinal football game at Strider Field. Panebianco ended up with 167 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Kinsey also scored a pair of touchdowns. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Jim Riggs
''Points just add up,'' he said. ''We don't have a goal to score (a certain number of points). We're just able to score quickly. We saw press coverage, we can't take the underneath so we took a couple of shots at the outside and the receivers made plays and Jake threw a good ball.''
That last time quarterback Jake Sisson played against Kenmore West, he threw for a Section 6 record 508 yards and six touchdowns. Friday night he was almost as good.
The senior completed 17-of-21 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns, and also ran for two touchdowns. He now has 49 touchdowns, 30 passing and 19 rushing, in nine games.
Zack Panebianco caught eight passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns and Stephen Carlson caught four for 113 yards and three touchdowns.
All those numbers are great, but Sisson said, ''A big win like this, that's all that matters.''
And about his receivers, Sisson said, ''We've been playing together for a while. We've always been clicking on all cylinders, we just hadn't had Zacc in the chemistry. It's great to have Kinsey step in because Quon's a big part of the offense.''
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Senior running back Da'Quon Hollingsworth injured his ankle last week and was ready to play, but perhaps not at 100 percent. Sophomore running back Zacc Kinsey came through with 10 rushes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
''Zacc was great,'' Langworthy said. ''He keeps working hard and he knew his time would come soon. Tonight was his night and he really stepped up and made the most out of it.''
Kinsey said, ''Quon told me to step up. He's like a big brother to me and I took his role.''
Next for Jamestown (9-0) is a third straight trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the Class AA title game next Saturday at 7 p.m. But for the first time the opponent won't be Orchard Park, but instead Frontier, which defeated the Quakers, 17-7, in the other Class AA semifinal.
Jamestown scored on its opening possession by driving 61 yards in six plays. Sisson hit Carlson with an 11-yard touchdown pass on a jump ball in the corner of the end zone and Quinn Lee Yaw kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
''They were pressing us the whole game and we like press coverage because we can beat our men deep,'' Carlson said. ''I got off the jam and it was right there on the money from Sisson.''
Kenmore West came back and drove to the Red Raiders' 18-yard line, but a false start penalty stalled the drive and Jamestown eventually took over on downs at its own 15.
It took 10 plays for the Red Raiders to score again on a 5-yard quarterback keeper by Sisson and Lee Yaw's kick moved the lead to 14-0.
The teams exchanged punts, the Blue Devils punted again and Jamestown drove 78 yards to score. A 30-yard completion to Carlson on a third-and-seven play kept the drive alive and that was followed with a 44-yard completion to Brian Park, who was tackled at the 1-yard line. Sisson carried in from there and Lee Yaw's kick made it 21-0.
But just when it looked like the Red Raiders were ready to run away with the game, Kenmore West got right back in it.
Terell Ford fielded the ensuing kickoff at the 10-yard line near the right sideline. He ran all the way to the left sideline, cut around the corner and headed back to the middle of he field. No one caught him and the 90-yard touchdown return had the Blue Devils right back in the game, 21-6, after a two-point pass attempt failed with 6:27 left in the first half.
Suddenly the visitors had hope, but an onside-kick attempt was short and cost the Blue Devils 15 yards. Then 10 seconds later Jamestown was leading 28-6 after Carlson caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Sisson and Lee Yaw booted another extra point.
''That's a pivotal moment in the game and right away we answer,'' Langworthy said. ''We always talk about adversity, punching adversity in the mouth and that's exactly what we did on the field. That was the play of the game.''
He added, ''That really hurt them momentum-wise. The had it for a brief second and we got it right back.''
Kenmore West's next possession ended when Panebianco intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards to the Blue Devils' 22. On the first play, Carlson caught another touchdown pass from Sisson and another Lee Yaw kick moved the lead to 35-6.
Kenmore West experienced deja vu as its next possession ended with another interception, this time by Matt Nazzaro. Sisson hit Larson with a 19-yard pass and then he completed a 26-yard touchdown toss to Panebianco. After a two-point pass attempt failed, the Red Raiders were in front, 41-6, and took that lead to halftime.
The Red Raiders picked up in the second half where they left off in the first. After forcing Kenmore West to punt, Kinsey took off on the first play for a 48-yard touchdown run and Sisson ran for two points for a 49-6 lead.
Kinsey scored again on a 1-yard run on the next Jamestown possession and Lee Yaw's kick moved the lead to 56-6 with 5:59 left in the third quarter.
Then the passing attack returned as Sisson hit Panebianco in the right flat and he raced down the sideline for a 39-yard touchdown and Lee Yaw's kick moved to 63-6 with 3:14 left in the third quarter.
That combo connecting is a familiar sight
''Me and Jake, we just know each other well,'' Panebianco said. ''On those routes we can call one play, but if I see an opening we know what we're going to do and he can put it on the money right where I need it.''
Kenmore West got back on the scoreboard against the Jamestown reserves nine seconds into the fourth quarter when quarterback Adam Fron hit Tyler Hughey with a 1-yard touchdown pass and Deion VanVolkenberg ran for two points to make the score 63-14.
With 3:19 left to play the Red Raiders' reserves got on the scoreboard when Josh Colwell scored on a 2-yard quarterback keeper after having runs of 33 and 22 yards. A two-point run failed to keep Jamestown under 70 with a 69-14 lead.
On the defensive side of the ball, Kevin Mosley led Jamestown in tackles with 12 while Damien Jackson had nine and Carlson seven.
Now the Red Raiders' attention is on Frontier.
''Frontier has won two playoff games and they're 7-2,'' Langworthy said. ''And they're 7-2 for a reason, they're a good football team.''
But he planned to delay thinking about Frontier for a while.
''I'll enjoy this tonight, we'll watch films in the morning and then we'll start talking about The Ralph,'' Langworthy said.
Kenmore West 0 6 0 8 - 14
Jamestown14 27 22 6 - 69
Jam-Carlson 11 pass from Sisson (Lee Yaw kick)
Jam-Sisson 5 run (Lee Yaw kick)
Jam-Sisson 1 run (Lee Yaw kick)
KW-Ford 90 kickoff return (pass failed)
Jam-Carlson 49 pass from Sisson (Lee Yaw kick)
Jam-Carlson 22 pass from Sisson (Lee Yaw kick)
Jam-Panebianco 26 pass from Sisson (pass failed)
Jam-Kinsey 48 run (Sisson run)
Jam-Kinsey 1 run (Lee Yaw kick)
Jam-Panebianco 39 pass from Sisson (Lee Yaw kick)
KW-Hughey 1 pass from Fron (VanVolkenberg run)
Jam-Colwell 2 run (run failed)