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Division Champs

Butera Scores Three Times As Jamestown Wraps Up Class A1

Jamestown’s Jaylen Butera escapes a tackle and looks for room to run against West Seneca West during Friday’s Class A1 football game at Strider Field. P-J photo by Tim Frank

The Jamestown football team broke from their postgame chat Friday night and immediately posed for a team photo.

Despite cold and windy conditions at Strider Field, smiles were everywhere.

And rightfully so.

In a year of so much uncertainly caused by COVID-19, the Red Raiders made it perfectly clear who was Section VI’s top Class A1 team in the regular season.

West Seneca West was the most recent victim.

Jamestown’s Elijah Rojas hauls in a pass during Friday’s Class A1 football game against West Seneca West at Strider Field. P-J photo by Tim Frank

Junior Jaylen Butera rushed for 179 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns, and the defense did the rest as Jamestown rolled to a 42-6 victory. The win improved the Red Raiders’ record to 5-0 and secured the top seed in the sectional semifinals next week against a to-be-determined opponent.

With the way Coach Tom Langworthy’s team is playing, Jamestown will be tough to beat.

Butera found paydirt on runs of 4, 7 and 56 yards; sophomore quarterback Trey Drake threw a pair of touchdown passes to senior Elijah Rojas; and senior Markell Carter scored on a 6-yard burst. A safety and four successful point-after kicks by freshman Ella Propheter closed out the scoring for the hosts.

The lone touchdown for the Indians (3-2), who were playing without injured running back Isaiah Simmons, came in the third quarter on a 19-yard pass from junior quarterback Terry Nichols to senior Julian Maloney.

By that point, the game had already been decided as Jamestown scored TDs on its first four possessions, led 29-0 at intermission and breezed to another convincing win. Through five games, the Red Raiders have outscored their opponents, 224-38.

“I’m just really happy for the guys,” Langworthy said. “A lot has gone into this, not only physically, but emotionally. I always feel like to call yourself a champion is something that can never be taken away. For these kids, it’s extra special because the adversity they have gone through with the pandemic.”

Often forgotten in the midst of Jamestown’s offensive weapons, is the job the defense has done. Last night — after giving up three first downs on West Seneca West’s first series — the Red Raiders found their bearings and forced the Indians to turn the ball over on downs at Jamestown’s 14.

Ten plays later, Carter found the end zone on a 6-yard run to put Jamestown in front 14-0 and the rout was on.

“A lot of times when something culimates in a championship, you’re preparing for it knowing you have a season,” Langworthy said. “We were preparing for it with just hope and faith. I think it makes it extra special.”

Ben Anderson led the defense with eight tackles, including six for loss; Jadiel Johnson had 10 tackles, including four for loss; TaKye Brach had nine stops; and Butera and Cam’ron Mays both had six.

“Every group is special, and to see them be able to call themselves champions it just means a lot and it’s something they’ll always remember,” Langworthy said.

NOTES: Drake finished 9 of 18 for 94 yards and the TD passes to Rojas of 22 and 5 yards. … Rojas finished with five receptions for 72 yards. … Drake now has 13 touchdown tosses nine of them to Rojas, who has 23 receptions on the season. … Drake was picked off for the first time by Carmelo Gandolfo. … Butera’s rushing total was a season high, giving him 727 yards and 13 touchdowns through five games. … Senior Demarri Jones left the game with an injury late in the first quarter and did not return.

WEST SENECA WEST 0 0 6 0 — 6

JAMESTOWN 7 22 13 0 — 42

JHS–Rojas 22 pass from Drake (Propheter kick)

JHS–Carter 6 run (Propheter kick)

JHS–Butera 4 run (Propheter kick)

JHS–Butera 8 run (run failed)

JHS–Safety (bad snap out of end zone)

JHS–Rojas 5 pass from Drake (kick failed)

WSW–Maloney 19 pass from Nichols (kick failed)

JHS–Butera 56 run (Propheter kick)

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