Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy said earlier this week that he wanted his team to get off to a fast start in their playoff opener Friday night.
With a touchdown 98 seconds into the game and two more touchdowns before the end of the first quarter, it's safe to say the team got the message.
But the Red Raiders didn't stop there.
Jamestown’s Mike Watson looks for running room during Friday’s Section 6 Class AA quarterfinal football game at Strider Field. The Red Raiders defeated Hutch Tech, 60-22. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
Photo by Walt Roode
Jamestown scored a touchdown on every possession of its Section 6 Class AA quarterfinal at Strider Field and rolled to a 60-22 victory over Hutch-Tech.
''I thought we started out fast and that was the goal for this week, to get out and establish ourselves as the dominant team early,'' Langworthy said. ''I thought we did that and I thought we played pretty consistently all game.''
Running back Da'Quan Hollingsworth, who had his run of five straight 100-yard games halted last week with a 68-yard performance, led the way for the Red Raiders, carrying the ball 20 times for 217 yards and five touchdowns in three quarters of work.
''Last week they had seven men in the box. They were keying on me,'' Hollingsworth said. ''So this week I just put my heart into this and said if it's seven men in the box I don't really care, I'm going to try to run my best.
''I say this every week, I really couldn't do it without my offensive line.''
With the win, the Red Raiders (7-1) advance to next weekend's sectional semifinals. They will host the winner of today's quarterfinal between Niagara Falls and Frontier at 7 p.m. next Friday at Strider Field.
Jamestown set the tone against the Engineers right from its first possession. After returning the opening kickoff to their own 40, the Red Raiders needed just four plays to get into the end zone. Two Hollingsworth runs sandwiched around a keeper by quarterback Jake Sisson got them to the Hutch-Tech 15 and Sisson hit Mike Watson on a scoring strike from there. Zack Panebianco tacked on the first of his six extra points for a 7-0 lead 1:38 into the game.
A 65-yard punt return by Panebianco set Jamestown up for its second touchdown. Starting at the Engineers' 20, Panebianco picked up 12 yards on a reverse and Hollingsworth carried twice, finding the end zone from 5 yards out on the second rush. Panebianco's kick hit the upright but Jamestown led, 13-0, midway through the first period.
Another nice punt return by Panebianco this one for 29 yards put the Red Raiders on their own 37 on their next possession, and Hollingsworth accounted for 41 yards on a drive that ended with the junior scoring from 15 yards out. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but with a 19-0 lead 11 minutes into the game, Jamestown had established its dominance just as Langworthy had asked it to.
''All week and even in the locker room before the game, (Coach Langworthy) was telling us we need to come out hot,'' lineman John Czech said. ''We're usually not a first-quarter team so we were trying to harp on that all week in practice. He wouldn't let it get out of our head and we came out firing on all cylinders.''
Hutch-Tech (1-7) got its first score early in the second quarter.
Quarterback Lenny Dowell connected on three passes covering 52 yards to get his team into scoring position, but his fourth-down pass from Jamestown's 11 was intercepted by Jacob McBride. McBride fumbled the ball on the return, however, and the Engineers took advantage of the second chance when running back Roman West ran the ball into the end zone from the 14. West added the conversion run to pull his team within 11 points, 19-8.
The Red Raiders immediately responded with a 52-yard scoring drive. Hollingsworth had the biggest play of the drive with a 30-yard rush that set Jamestown up at Hutch-Tech's 4, and 6-foot-2 inch, 265-pound Cortland Haines powered it into the end zone from there.
On its next possession, Jamestown needed just three plays to extend its lead further. Sisson carried the ball for 34 yards followed by two Hollingsworth runs that covered the final 19 yards, putting the Red Raiders on top, 33-8, midway through the second quarter.
The Engineers added a 4-yard touchdown run by West with less than three minutes left in the half, but Jamestown tacked on one more touchdown when who else? Hollingsworth scored from the 15, giving Jamestown a 39-14 halftime lead.
Hollingsworth's 20th and final carry capped a six-minute, 82-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run that put Jamestown on top, 46-14, with three minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Jamestown tacked on fourth-quarter touchdown runs of 5yards by Josh Colwell and 5 yards by Connor Stam.
West tallied Hutch-Tech's final touchdown on a 14-yard run.
Sisson connected on 5 of 10 passes for 58 yards and ran the ball five times for 78 yards. Czech led the team in tackles with 15, while Haines and Watson each had 10. Stephen Carlson had a second interception of Dowell and Hollingsworth added a punt block to his night.
''I think that our offensive line played really well tonight,'' Langworthy said. ''We moved them back off the ball and were able to make some holes in there for Da'Quan. Jake was efficient throwing the ball tonight and I thought our defense and special teams played well. It was a good win, but it's a stepping stone. It's a new season and we want to continue to keep this thing rolling.''
The Red Raiders will find out this afternoon which opponent they will face next. Frontier is the lone team to beat them this year, but either team, Langworthy expects, will present a formidable challenge.
''Both teams are quality teams,'' he said. ''It will be a tough game. When you get to the second round of the playoffs, you're one win from the stadium and that's the place where you want to be.''
Hutch-Tech0 14 0 8 - 22
Jamestown19 20 7 14 - 60
Jam-Watson 15 pass from Sisson (Panebianco kick)
Jam-Hollingsworth 5 run (kick failed)
Jam-Hollingsworth 15 run. (pass failed)
HT-West 14 run. (West run)
Jam-Haines 4 run. (Panebianco kick)
Jam-Hollingsworth 9 run. (Panebianco kick)
HT-West 4 run. (Pass failed)
Jam-Hollingsworth 15 run. (Kick failed)
Jam-Hollingsworth 2 run. (Panebianco kick)
Jam-Colwell 5 run. (Panebianco kick)
HT-West 14 run. (Stroye run)
Jam-Stam 5 run. (Panebianco kick)