Drake Sets Mark For Career TD Passes In Raiders’ Victory
Trey Drake walked to the bench, took off his helmet and sat down, albeit briefly. He then strolled closer to the sideline and took a knee. With five minutes remaining in Friday night’s Class A1 football game at Strider Field, the senior quarterback’s work was done.
And, boy, was it something special.
Drake completed 8 of 10 passes for 160 yards and four touchdowns, and scored his fifth TD on 4-yard keeper — all in the first half — to lead the Red Raiders to a never-in-doubt 55-34 victory over Lockport.
The four scoring strikes — 51 yards to sophomore Carson Panebianco, 32 yards to senior Darius Freeney, and 11 and 14 yards to senior Colin Melendez — put Drake all alone atop Jamestown’s career touchdown passes list with 52, three more than Jake Sisson, who amassed 49 from 2012-13.
“I know he was one heck of a quarterback,” Drake said of Sisson. “The year or two he was here (as an assistant), he told me, ‘Don’t worry, you’re going to be next. You’re going to break these records soon.’ I’m super excited. To God be the glory.”
Drake’s performance — along with the running prowess of senior Radon Wright (15 carries, 179 yards, one TD) and junior Carsen Bane (11 carries, 101 yards, one TD) — provided head coach Tom Langworthy with the Red Raiders’ first win of the season after a pair of close nonleague losses to Class AA rivals Lancaster and Orchard Park.
“I really loved the way we played,” he said. “We started fast and got off to a good start. I thought we dominated the game when it was in question and that’s what we wanted to do.
“We felt like we really had a strong confidence that we were a strong football team, even though we dropped our first two games. We just wanted to come out and prove it, really to ourselves. We already knew it, but tonight validated it.”
The Red Raiders scored on their first six offensive possessions by virtue of Drake’s 4-yard run; Panebianco’s 51-yard reception; Freeney’s 32-yard catch; Melendez’s 11- and 14-yard grabs; and Bane’s 26-yard burst.
“Trey’s really been able — through film study, experience and all of his training — to see things on the field that would be open,” Langworthy said. “The run game has really opened things up for us in the passing game. … That’s a credit to our offensive line and our running backs.”
Armed with a 42-0 lead at intermission, Jamestown’s home-opening victory was never in doubt.
Lockport did score 34 second-half points, courtesy of a Shey Williams 15- and 62-yard TD receptions from Ryan Winters; a 78-yard kickoff return by Raymond Gillie; a 50-yard punt return by Kyree Jones; and Winters’ TD strike to Tray Thompson.
The Red Raiders will be back in action next Friday when they entertain Williamsville North.
NOTES: Junior Isaiah Sanchez accounted for Jamestown’s other touchdown, a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter. … Senior Sean O’Brien led Jamestown defensively with 12 total tackles, including four for loss, and had an interception. … Bane (nine tackles, including two for loss and a sack), Michael Boron (six tackles), Jack Carlson (six tackles and an interception), Sean Paige (six tackles, including one for loss) and Mason McVinney (five tackles) also contributed defensively. … Ella Propheter converted on all seven of her extra-point kicks.
Lockport 0 0 14 20 — 34
Jamestown 28 14 7 6 — 55
JHS–Drake 4 run (Propheter kick)
JHS–Panebianco 51 pass from Drake (Propheter kick)
JHS–Freeney 32 pass from Drake (Propheter kick)
JHS–Melendez 11 pass from Drake (Propheter kick)
JHS–Bane 26 run (Propheter kick)
JHS–Melendez 14 pass from Drake (Propheter kick)
Loc–Williams 15 pass from Winters (Gillie pass from West)
JHS–Wright 7 run (Propheter kick)
Loc–Gillie 78 kickoff return (pass fail)
Loc–Kyree Jones 50 punt return (pass fail)
JHS–Sanchez 4 run (run fail)
Loc–Thompson 26 pass from Winters (Karmyne Jones pass from West)
Loc–Williams 62 pass from Winters (pass failed)