KENMORE - Coming off a 52-14 season-opening victory the previous week, when those not in attendance see that Jamestown won its second game by a 50-28 margin over the Kenmore West Blue Devils on Saturday, they probably think the Red Raiders had another cakewalk.
With 6:14 left in the third quarter, Kenmore West held a 28-24 lead.
Jamestown quarterback Jake Sisson looks for an open receiver during Saturday’s Class AA football game at Kenmore West. The senior passed his way into the Western New York record book when he amassed 508 yards through the air and six touchdowns. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
Jamestown’s Ben Larson finds running room after catching one of his five passes Saturday afternoon. The junior end finished with 78 yards receiving and caught two touchdowns. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
The Red Raiders soon regained the lead with a Jake Sisson touchdown pass and then the senior quarterback threw two more in the fourth quarter to lock up what appeared to be an easy victory.
Those three touchdown passes gave Sisson six for the day. But more importantly, he finished with a Western New York record of 508 yards on 21 completions in 40 attempts.
The previous record of 492 yards was set by current University at Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata when he played for Williamsville South in a game against Williamsville North in 2010.
Sisson's total also ranks fourth in the state. No. 1 is 543 yards by Greg Paulus of Syracuse CBA in 2003
''Our game plan was more toward the passing game today because they were playing seven in the box stopping the run,'' Sisson said. ''We've got outstanding wide receivers and an offensive line that blocks for me, so the 508 may go under my name, but it's definitely a team effort.''
He added, ''I don't keep stats in the game. I keep track of one stat and that's the scoreboard.''
Coach Tom Langworthy said, ''That's a lot of yards. Some quarterbacks might not get to that in a season.''
And the coach was pleased it happened for his quarterback.
''I'm really happy for him,'' Langworthy said. ''He's put in so much work. He's been to every single event that we've had in the offseason. He's obviously the captain and leader on our team and I think it just speaks volumes about how much time he's put in.
''But it was a total team effort because his linemen blocked for him to give him protection all day and the total yardage he passed for was caught by our receivers.''
Sisson was also intercepted twice and had quite a few passes dropped, so he could have had even more yards.
''He could have had more, but at the same time we had some very great catches that were made by receivers,'' Langworthy said.
The top receiver was Zack Panebianco with nine catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns.
''We saw they were running a cover zero with no safety, so we knew we were going to end up passing more to get the run game going,'' he said. ''That didn't happen, they were stopping it (the run), so we started passing and they couldn't stop us.''
Ben Larson had five catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns, and Stephen Carlson caught four for 90 yards and one touchdown.
The win keeps Jamestown's record perfect at 2-0 overall and in Class AA while Kenmore West falls to 0-2 overall and in Class AA.
Things started slowly for the Red Raiders, who turned the ball over on downs after taking the opening kickoff and Kenmore West drove 58 yards in nine plays to score on a 5-yard run by Alex Price. A two-point pass attempt failed to keep the score at 6-0 with 7:55 left in the first quarter.
Jamestown came right back and took the lead on its second play when Sisson hit Carlson with a screen pass and the result was a 56-yard touchdown play with the bulk of yardage coming from Carlson after the catch. Quinn Lee Yaw kicked the extra point for a 7-6 lead 25 seconds after the Blue Devils had scored.
Kenmore West was forced to punt and felt good about a 62-yard kick by Deion VanVolkenburg that pinned the Red Raiders back on their own 5-yard. However, they weren't there for long.
On a third-and-10 play, Sisson hit Brian Park with a pass of about 20 yards, but he was behind his defender and raced all the way to the end zone for a 95-yard touchdown play. Lee Yaw's kick upped the Red Raiders lead to 14-6 with 4:30 left in the first quarter.
''It was a perfect pass from Sisson,'' said Park, who saw nothing but an open field in front of him. ''I almost fell half way. I had to pick myself up and I thought someone (from Kenmore West) would be right there and no one was.''
Early in the second quarter, the Blue Devils tied the game when Price, who finished with 95 yards on 16 carries, scored from 5 yards out and Terell Ford ran for a two-point conversion.
However, it took just 49 seconds to Jamestown to regain the lead when Sisson hit Panebianco for a 38-yard touchdown pass and Lee Yaw's kick put the Red Raiders in front, 21-14.
''What I'm really proud of is everytime something went bad, we answered the call,'' Langworthy said.
At the end of the half, Jamestown had reached the Kenmore West 30 when the drive stalled with three incomplete passes. But the Red Raiders got points on the scoreboard when Lee Yaw booted a school record 47-yard field goal for a 24-14 halftime lead.
''I thought it was wide left,'' Lee Yaw said. ''I thought it was going to be a little too short, but I guess it just carried in.''
Langworthy said, ''I think it was huge going into the half because it's big momentum and gave us a little cushion.''
And the cushion was needed.
After the teams exchanged interceptions early in the second half, Kenmore West scored on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Fron to Nicholas Wojnar and an extra-point kick by Salas cut the Jamestown lead to 24-20.
The lead was soon gone when Ford intercepted a Sisson pass and Price broke loose for a 56-yard touchdown run. A Salas extra-point kick put the Blue Devils in front, 28-24, with 6:14 left in the third quarter.
''I think a critical point was after halftime,'' Langworthy said. ''We were up 10. If we get a touchdown, we're up 17. If they do we're up three. Then they got it and got another one. At that point you have to make a decision if you're going to fight back or let it slide. Our kids fought back and I'm really proud of them''
In 59 seconds the Red Raiders moved back in front on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Sisson to Panebianco, but Lee Yaw's kick failed for a 30-28 lead.
The pass was a slant to Panebianco, which had worked successfully all day along with an out pattern to the sideline.
''We practice that probably 100 times a week,'' Panebianco said. ''Jake was putting the ball where it needed to be all day.''
On its next possession, Jamestown drove 55 yards in nine plays to score on a 1-yard run by Da'Quon Hollinsworth, who finished with 71 yards on 17 carries and Lee Yaw's kick increased the lead to 37-28 with 1:14 left in the third quarter.
It was back to the air to lock up the win in the fourth quarter. Sisson hit Larson with a 19-yard touchdown pass for a 43-28 lead. Then with less than two minutes left Park intercepted a Kenmore West pass and Sisson connected with Larson again for a 10-yard touchdown pass and Lee Yaw's kick moved to the score to 50-28.
And that was an important score.
''We need to get a 20-point lead because of the point differential (to break ties for seedings) and at that point we were up 15,'' Langworthy said. ''I wanted to get to 20 and we have to throw the ball to the get in the end zone and that's what we were going to do.''
Lee Yaw's extra-point kick gave him 5-of-7 after going 2-for-7 last week. He gave the credit to assistant coach Mike Baker, who pointed out his flaws.
''I just worked and worked and worked in practice until I could get it through the uprights easier,'' he said.
The Jamestown defense was led by Panebianco with 11 tackles while Jacis Blake with 10, including two sacks, and Kevin Mosley had eight.
Next for the Red Raiders is a non-league game against South Park, a Class A team, at All-High Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. South Park is coming off a 20-6 win over Iroquois on Friday night.
Jamestown14 10 13 13 - 50
Kenmore West 6 8 14 0 - 28
KW-Price 3 run (pass failed)
Jam-Carlson 56 pass from Sisson (Lee Yaw kick)
Jam-Park 95 pass from Sisson (Lee Yaw kick)
KW-Price 6 run (Ford run)
Jam-Panebianco 38 pass from Sisson (Lee Yaw kick)
Jam-Lee Yaw 47 FG
KW-Wojnar 19 pass from Fron (Sala kick)
KW-Price 56 run (Salas kick)
Jam-Panebianco 44 pass from Sisson (kick failed)
Jam-Hollinsworth 1 run (Lee Yaw kick)
Jam-Larson 19 pass from Sisson (kick failed)
Jam-Larson 10 pass from Sisson (Lee Yaw kick)