JAMESTOWN – For the second straight week, Williamsville North fell behind by double digits. And for the second straight week, it didn't matter.
After spotting an opponent a two-touchdown lead, the Spartans stormed back to keep their unbeaten record intact as they defeated Jamestown, 41-13, on Thursday night.
An estimated 2,000 at Strider Field had plenty of reasons to cheer early on in this clash between ranked unbeaten Class AA foes.
There were big plays, stuffs behind the line of scrimmage and some trickery during the opening 24 minutes.
Williamsville North silenced the Red Raiders portion of that crowd by scoring 34 straight points to improve to 5-0. The Spartans also have positioned themselves at possibly securing home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Dylan Kelly shined on both sides of the ball for the winners, catching a pair of long touchdown passes to cap a five-reception, 142-yard day. Quarterback Joe Nusall went 12 for 20 for 177 yards.
Play of the game: A 71-yard touchdown pass from Nusall to Kelly that tied the game with 4 minutes, 34 seconds left in the second quarter. Eddie Bianco's PAT kick gave the Spartans the lead for good.
Start them up: Every comeback starts somewhere. Will North's opening came when it recovered a muffed punt at Jamestown's 12 with 8:14 left in the second quarter. Four plays later, Joe Nusall snuck it in from the 1 to trim the 13-point deficit.
Pulling away: Williamsville North's combination of size and speed proved to be too much during the second half as the Spartans scored on four of their five second-half possessions. They scored on their first three with Ivan Ghemmegne scoring on a 7-yard run to cap a 55-yard drive with 7:30 left in the third. Scott Hopkins' interception then set up a 25-yard TD pass from Nusall to Kelly. Marquel Wells scored the final two TDs, the first a 43-yard run with 10:24 left. The last was an 88-yarder with 1:26 left.
Those tricky Raiders: Pinned at their own 5, the Red Raiders called for a halfback option pass and it worked as Andrew Pumford connected with a wide open Francisco Rodriguez down the right sideline for the 95-yard TD with 3:50 left in the first quarter. That happened after two straight three-and-out possessions for Jamestown.
Going deep: Jamestown made it 13-0 before the end of the quarter as Drew Boggs connected on a 51-yard touchdown pass with Pumford with 11.1 seconds left in the quarter.
Rankings: Williamsville North came into the game ranked sixth in the Buffalo News' Large Schools and honorable mention in the state poll. Jamestown is ranked seventh in the News poll and 18th in the state Class AA poll.
The last time …: Jamestown opened the season by winning its first four games was in 2013 when it won 10 straight before falling in the Far West Regionals/state quarterfinals to Rochester Aquinas, 48-34. North opened the 2014 campaign 4-0 before suffering its first loss, in a Thursday night clash, against Kenmore West.
Records: North is 5-0, 4-0 in Class AA. Jamestown falls to 4-1, 3-1 in division.
Next week: Jamestown closes its four-game homestand with a 7 p.m. Friday night clash against defending Section VI champion Lancaster. Williamsville North hosts Frontier at 7 p.m. Friday.