Kenmore West dared Jamestown to throw and throw it did.
The Blue Devils’ determination to slow Jamestown’s running game gave Red Raiders quarterback Jake Sisson a chance to showcase his arm. He took full advantage, throwing for a Western New York record 508 yards in Jamestown’s 50-28 win at West’s Crosby Field.
Sisson was 21 of 40 with six touchdowns and two interceptions. The previous WNY record for passing yards in a game was 492 yards by Joe Licata of Williamsville South in 2009.
“Your line has to block for you, the wide receivers have to run the routes. If they don’t get open, I can’t even get them the ball,” said Sisson.
“My focus the entire game was the scoreboard. It was just to win the game for my team and my coaches. I didn’t pay attention to how many yards I had. We had a great week of practice, I felt solid about my mechanics and ability to deliver the ball to my receivers.
Wide receiver Zach Panebianco had nine catches for 223 yards and two TDs. Steve Carlson added four catches for 90 yards and a score. Brian Park had one catch, but it was a 95-yarder for a TD. Running back Da’quan Hollingsworth had 17 carries for 71 yards and one TD.
Jamestown wasn’t thinking records during the Class AA contest. The Red Raiders were too busy trying to win the game. Jamestown trailed, 28-24, with 6:14 left in the third quarter but took the lead for good on Panebianco’s 44-yard TD catch with 5:15 remaining. It was part of 26-0 run to end the game.
“I knew he had a lot of yards. Kenmore West did a good job daring us to throw it. You could tell they were trying to take away Hollingsworth,” said Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy.
“We were prepared for that, we were able to exploit them in the passing game. Everyone was so wrapped up in the game we didn’t think about how good he was playing. Afterward we looked at the stats and holy cow. It’s pretty great for him. He’s worked so hard, it’s very deserving that he would have a great day.”
The Red Raiders’ Quinn Lee Yaw connected on a 47-yard field goal.
Sweet Home 34, Niagara-Wheatfield 8: Kevin Torrillo completed 16-of-19 passes for 223 yards and three TDs for the Panthers. Jordan Evert had a rushing and receiving score.
Kenmore East 22, Starpoint 0: Tackle Matt Ramarczyk had three sacks and linebacker Kurt McGowan had 13 tackles as the Bulldogs won their home opener. Preston Smith finished with 134 yards on 16 carries and two TDs.
Quarterback Connor McMahon had East’s other TD. The East defense forced three turnovers. Brandon Mack and McGowan had fumble recoveries and Smith had an interception. Starpoint running back Evan Majewski left the game with an apparent hamstring injury.
Alden 22, Eden 15: Three-time defending Section VI Class B champion and top-ranked small school Alden survived a scare on sophomore running back Lyle Grant’s 15-yard touchdown with 47 seconds remaining.
Co-No. 9 small school Eden had taken a 15-14 lead with 1:41 to play on a 10-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Nicholas Sarratori and then a two-point conversion pass from Sarratori to senior Jesse Vondell.
For Eden, Sarratori was 10 of 15 for 112 yards with a rushing and throwing TD.
Cheektowaga 20, Bennett 0: The Warriors broke open a close game with a 14-point fourth quarter.
The play of the game on defense came courtesy of 5-foot-10, 315 pound tackle John Loncher, who intercepted a deflected pass and returned the pick 10 yards.
“It took him a second to realize he had the ball and he should probably start running,” said Cheektowaga coach Mike Fatta. “He was so happy, he was flying.”
Kobe Walenka had 6.5 tackles as the defense gave up just 137 yards. Marshawn Gibson had 154 yards rushing on 26 carries.
Cleveland Hill 28, Akron 13: Brandon Thomas had 127 yards on 18 carries and two TDs as the Eagles moved to 2-0. Wayne Jones had 11 tackles and scored on a 50-yard run in the first quarter. Akron wide receiver Austen Lauricella had 12 receptions for 201 yards and two TDs.
St. Mary’s 49, East 0: Nate Keith had 17 tackles and Nick Vallone ran for 202 yards and scored twice as the Lancers moved to 2-0.
Deone Strong got St. Mary’s on the board with a 41-yard interception return.