Better By Leaps & Bounds

Red Raiders Improve To 4-0 With 56-14 Win Over Springville

Jamestown’s Savon VanSickle (11) is tripped up by Springville’s Brendan Doktor (35) as the Red Raiders’ Francisco Rodriguez (13) flies through the air during Friday night’s non-league football game at Strider Field. P-J photo by Valory S. Isaacson

Jamestown High School’s roster lists Savon VanSickle as a freshman.

He just doesn’t play like one.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound running back scored four touchdowns during a 42-point second-quarter explosion and the Red Raiders rolled to a 56-14 victory over turnover-prone Springville at Strider Field.

Jamestown (4-0, 3-0) scored on eight of its nine first-half possessions and turned the non-league game into a rout before the Red Raider marching band provided the halftime entertainment.

It was certainly a different feeling than a year ago when the Griffins handed the Red Raiders a 32-21 setback.

Much different.

On this night, Jamestown’s skill players were unstoppable in the first two quarters.

VanSickle scored rushing touchdowns from 3 and 14 yards and caught TD passes of 18 and 39 yards; Francisco Rodriguez had TD scampers of 17 and 15 yards; Gavin Bowen found paydirt on 4- and 24-yard runs; and quarterback Drew Boggs was perfect, connecting on all five of his passes for 135 yards and the two scoring strikes to VanSickle.

“I was very pleased,” Coach Tom Langworthy said. “They showed some maturity today, coming out and just taking care of business, starting out fast. We talk about finishing. We want to finish the game off in the first half, and we were able to do that.”

By intermission, Jamestown led Springville, 56-0, and was well on its way to its fourth straight victory heading into a Thursday night Class AA showdown with Williamsville North, back at Strider Field. Like the Red Raiders, the Spartans improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the division following a 24-21 victory over Orchard Park last night.

“Williamsville North is big, they are fast, they’re strong and they’re physical,” Langworthy said. “They’re very impressive.”

So, too, is VanSickle, who finished with 69 yards rushing on seven carries and caught three passes for 109 yards in what has turned out to be quite a coming-out party for the ninth-grader.

“He’s incredibly intense,” Langworthy said. “He’s quiet, but that’s when he’s in the zone. He’s a learner, he’s very smart and then when he’s really having fun, he’s got the million-dollar smile.”

There was plenty to smile about beyond VanSickle. Bowen had five carries for 51 yards; and Rodriguez added 32 yards on two trips. Jamestown’s starters watched the second half from the sidelines.

”We executed really well on offense and we’re on to Williamsville North,” Boggs said.

Defensively, Bowen led the way with seven tackles and two assists; and Noah Turzillo added three tackles and three assists. The Red Raiders’ defense also forced four first-half fumbles and their special teams recovered another one when a snap sailed over the Springville punter’s head.

Armed with a 56-0 lead at the break, the second half was a formality, although the Griffins did avert the shutout with a pair of touchdowns — the first on a 35-yard run by Topher Elkins in the third quarter and a 1-yard plunge by Bryson Black in the fourth period.

“We were focused on Springville tonight,” Turzillo said, “but our eye was on Williamsville North. They’re undefeated, we’re undefeated. We just have to play harder (and) have a good week of preparation.”

Added Langworthy: “We’re really getting better. I told them after (the game), ‘We’re climbing a mountain right now, we’re peaking at the right time and these three games coming up, starting with Williamsville North, are going to be very critical to our playoff seeding and eventually where we’re playing football in the playoffs.'”

NOTES: Rodriguez (17-yard run) and Bowen (4-yard run) scored the first-quarter touchdowns to give Jamestown a 14-0 lead before the second-quarter eruption, during which VanSickle scored his four touchdowns, and Rodriguez (15-yard run) and Bowen (24-yard run) added one apiece. … Jayden Schultz continued his outstanding placekicking as he was successful on all eight extra-point attempts.

Springville 0 0 8 6 –14

Jamestown 14 42 0 0 — 56

JHS–Rodriguez 17 run (Schultz kick)

JHS–Bowen 4 run (Schultz kick)

JHS–VanSickle 18 pass from Boggs (Schultz kick)

JHS–Rodriguez 15 run (Schultz kick)

JHS-VanSickle 3 run (Schultz kick)

JHS–Bowen 24 run (Schultz kick)

JHS–VanSickle 39 pass from Boggs (Schultz kick)

JHS–VanSickle 14 run (Schultz kick)

Spr–Elkins 35 run (Bruno run)

Spr–Black 1 run (run fail)