BUFFALO - The Jamestown Red Raiders are too young to know anything about the Fabulous Fifties, but they are enjoying their own version.
On Friday night at All-High Stadium, Jamestown reached the 50-point mark for the third straight game in a 58-32 non-league football win over the South Park Sparks.
The Red Raiders remain undefeated at 3-0 while South Park is 2-1.
Jamestown quarterback Jake Sisson runs for one of his four rushing touchdowns in Friday night’s non-league football game against South Park at All-High Stadium in Buffalo. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jim Riggs
Last week, quarterback Jake Sisson set a Western New York record with 508 yards passing and six touchdowns. Friday night, Sisson did most of his damage on the ground as he ran for four touchdowns and passed for two.
''It was just the way it developed,'' Sisson said about his ground game. ''Our line sprung a bunch of big holes for me and I basically went through untouched.''
He had two touchdown runs of 42 yards each and one of 29 another of 53. Sisson finished with 175 yards rushing, but also completed 14-of-22 passes for 292 yards.
It appeared South Park was worried about Sisson's passing coming off his performance last week.
''It could have been,'' he said. ''Their corners and DBs were concerned about the pass, so when I got to the line it was a foot race to the end zone.''
Red Raiders' running back Da'Quon Hollingsworth finished with three rushing touchdowns.
''I think we have a lot of talent and I'm happy we can spread the ball around,'' Coach Tom Langworthy said. ''We've done it a lot of different ways. Last week we did it through the air, this week we were a balanced attack. I said I was looking for balance out of this team and tonight we were balanced.''
But while that balance produced 58 points, Langworthy did not like the other side of the scoreboard.
''I'm disappointed in it,'' he said about the 32 points allowed. ''We gave up to many explosive plays over 10 yards. We bailed them out on the second touchdown, it was a long touchdown. We can't give up big plays like that.''
On its first possession, Jamestown was faced with a second-and-seven play at the South Park 42 when Sisson took off on a keeper and never stopped until he reached the end zone. Quinn Lee Yaw kicked the extra point for a 7-0 Red Raiders' lead after only 1:32 of play.
After the Sparks went three and out, the Red Raiders were faced with a fourth-and-two on their second possession when a South Park offsides penalty gave Jamestown a first down. Later on a third-and-two, Sisson took matters into his own hands again and raced 29 yards around the left end for a touchdown and Lee Yaw's kicked increased the lead to 14-0 with 6:24 left in the first quarter.
South Park finally got some offense going after the kickoff, but it ended on an interception by Damien Jackson. Jamestown was finally stopped and was forced to punt, but a Joe Mistretta sack stalled South Park's possession and the Red Raiders took over on downs at their own 29.
A couple of Sisson pass completions to Ben Larson moved the Red Raiders away from their end zone and then it was time for Sisson to use his legs again. He took off on a keeper and cut back to the left for another 42-yard touchdown run. Lee Yaw's kick put Jamestown in front, 21-0, with seven minutes left in the first half.
Trailing by 21-0 could have left South Park deflated. Instead, the Sparks went on an 80-yard drive in eight plays with the touchdown coming on a 22-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Mascio to Nick Mills. Then Mascio hit Brandon Jefferson with a two-point conversion pass to cut the margin to 21-8.
Jamestown responded with a 63-yard touchdown pass from Sisson to Carlson, but Lee Yaw's kick was blocked to keep the Jamestown lead at 27-8 with 3:45 left in the half.
''I couldn't believe I dropped a couple before,'' Carlson said. ''But Jake and the team, we trust in each other. He threw to me one more time. It was a perfect throw.''
Just before halftime the Red Raiders tried for some more points. Lee Yaw, who kicked a school-record 47-yard field goal last week, attempted a 46-yarder, but it was short.
South Park took the second-half kickoff and the Sparks had a spark with an 11-yard pass completion. But a 6-yard loss on a fumble and then a sack by Kevin Mosley forced South Park to punt.
Larson returned the punt 20 yards to the Sparks' 31 and two plays later Sisson found Brian Park wide open in the left flat for a 29-yard touchdown and a failed two-point pass kept the score at 33-8.
Park was so wide open it was scary.
''Everyone was yelling at me, 'Catch the ball, Brian''' Park said. ''I just beat him (the defender) off the route. I basically walked into the end zone. It was unreal.''
Again South Park came back and drove 80 yards with seven straight completions by Mascio and the last was 53 yards to Jefferson for a touchdown and he also caught a two-point conversion to cut the margin to 33-16.
''They're good, they make plays,'' Langworthy said about South Park, which never quit. ''Their quarterback's fantastic (Mascio completed 28-of-35 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns), they have talent all over the field. They're a good team, they're going to win a lot of games.''
The Sparks attempted another onsides kick that failed. On Jamestown's first play, Sisson ran 53 yards up the middle for a touchdown and the score was 39-16 after the extra-point kick was blocked.
Hollingsworth took care of the remainder of the Jamestown's scoring with touchdown runs of 16, 2 and 8 yards.
''It felt great,'' Hollingsworth said about his finish. ''I just had to be patient. It took a lot of time, but by the end of the day I finally got in there (the end zone).''
Langworthy said, ''Sometimes it takes a while to get Quon going because he gets so much attention,''
After Hollingsworth's first two touchdowns, South Park scored a pair thanks to Mascio. He scored from 2 yards and completed a two-point pass. Then he threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Leonard and ran for a two-point conversion.
Cameron Harberberger led the Red Raiders in tackles with 12, including two sacks. Right behind with 11 tackles each were Mistretta and Jackson.
The Red Raiders return to action on Friday at Strider Field at 7 p.m. in Class AA game against Lancaster.
Jamestown 14 13 18 13 - 58
South Park0 8 8 16 - 32
Jam-Sisson 42 run (Lee Yaw kick)
Jam-Sisson 29 run (Lee Yaw kick)
Jam-Sisson 42 run (Lee Yaw kick)
SP-Mills 22 pass from Mascio (Jefferson pass from Mascio)
Jam-Carlson 63 pass from Sisson (kick failed)
Jam-Park 29 pass from Sisson (pass failed)
SP-Jefferson 53 pass from Mascio (Jefferson pass from Mascio)
Jam-Sisson 53 run (kick failed)
Jam-Hollingsworth 16 run (kick failed)
Jam-Hollingsworth 2 run (pass failed)
SP-Mascio 2 run (Leonard pass from Mascio)
SP-Leonard 20 pass from Mascio (Mascio run)
Jam-Hollingsworth 8 run (Lee Yaw kick)