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Written by: David Burnworth on Sunday, April 4th, 2021
Friday my travels took me to Jamestown to watch the battle between Hamburg and Jamestown. I have to say that Strider Field is a place you have to see a game if you are one who likes to see games at different stadiums. I am willing to bet under a normal year this place rocks on Friday Nights.
The Red Raider defense would have a large game with Demarri Jones leading the raiding party at the 10:25 mark of the first quarter when he grounded the Bulldogs Jeffrey Leavell for a loss of 3-yards. The clock read 9:30 when the Red Raiders next attacked and that was in the form of Jaylen Butera stopping Leavell after just a 2-yard gain when the Bulldogs were facing a third and long. Forcing to punt the ball away the Bulldogs snap was bad causing Brady Reinagel to be tackled for a loss of ten by Drayce Garland at the 8:54 mark of the quarter.
The Red Raider offense night would be as good as their pain-delivering defense and this would show right away with Butera exploding to a gain of 28-yards all the way down to the Bulldogs 1-yard-line. Jones capped off the drive with a touchdown run. Freshman Ella Propheter used all of her 5-5, 115-pound frame to make this a 7-0 game, with her P.A.T.
Under a minute later Hamburg put the ball on the ground with Takye Branch pouncing on it giving the Red Raider offense the ball back. The drive quickly turned into seven points with Jones taking it 18-yards for the score and Propheter connecting on the P.A.T. Butera would end the quarter with two more All-State like plays, first, he busted off a 31-yard run, then capped the drive off with an 8-yard touchdown run to give us the score of 21-0.
The Red Raider defense would get things started in the 2nd quarter with Jadiel Johnson tackling Noah Gallagher for a loss of four. When getting the ball back Trey Drake found Demarri for a 23-yard completion. The drive ended with the same combo pulling off a 47-yard pass play to make this a 27-0 game.
Jones would get to Jeffrey Leavell for a 9-yard loss but a taunting flag was thrown on the Red Raider defense negating the nice play. The defense recovered nicely as they quickly regrouped to get the offense the ball back, without any more damage being done.
The ensuing drive would go for 6 plays, and total 75-yards ending with Butera going the final 37-yards for the score making this a 33-0 game, with 3:01 remaining in the half. Ben Anderson would sack Leavell right before the half ended for an 8-yard loss. The Hamburg offense had been held to an unofficial 88-yards on 29 plays.
It took all of one minute and forty-three seconds for Jamestown to make this a 40-0 game with Butera galloping the 57-yards for the score. Before the fat lady sang ending the 3rd quarter, we were treated to a fine play from Jadiel Johnson, who got to
Leavell for a loss short loss. Then the Bulldogs finally showed a little bark when Ryan Gomolka raced to a 28-yard gain before Butera acted like Mark Gastineau delivering a pro-bowl-like hit. Takye Branch would sack Leavell for another three-yard loss. Jamestown would end their scoring on a one-yard run from Trey Drake to give us the score 47-0.
The defensive for Jamestown would raid the Bulldogs backfield again with 11:34 left in the game with Andrew Harrier and Ty Shults sacking Leavell. Then with 2:47 left Leavell was sacked again this tie by Kyler Nickerson and Jordan Howie. Hamburg was definitely out talented and outplayed in this one but that team never showed any backup and this showed bigtime when Gomolka raced 27-yards for a score, with 1:36 showing on the clock to give us the final score 47-6.
Passing 6-10 1 TD
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