The members of Jamestown’s football team learned Friday that their season opener won’t be played at home, but 200 miles away at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
The Red Raiders will play Section III’s Baldwinsville Bees on Sept. 9.
“We saw a lot of people with their mouths wide open,” said Red Raiders’ coach Tom Langworthy of his team’s reaction to the news. “It’s a special place.”
Jamestown and Baldwinsville have more in common than one might expect.
The Bees’ coach, Carl Sanfilippo, is the son of legendary former Raiders skipper and member of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Joe Sanfilippo.
Rhim headed to UB
Medina quarterback Izaiah Rhim announced on Twitter Friday that he has committed to UB.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound duel-threat quarterback threw for 1,011 yards and 11 touchdowns in his 2018 campaign while adding 561 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.
He’ll join the highly-anticipated quarterback recruit Trevor Bycznski from Berea-Midpark High in Cleveland, Ohio, in the Bulls’ 2019 class.
LID vs. FLOP for title
After a big upset over state champions Williamsville on Thursday night, Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew will take on Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park on Feb. 28 with the Federation title on the line.
The No. 5 seeded-LID took down the No. 2 seed Williamsville, 3-0, on Thursday to earn their shot in the title game.
FLOP defeated Kenmore/Grand Island on Valentine’s Day to advance to the championship round.
Keegan Shanahan notched the game-winner for FLOP while Tori Cottrell recorded a 21-save shutout.
TNT night memorable
North Tonawanda’s Senior Night only featured three seniors, but it was a night to remember.
The game featured the return of senior Colin Beach, who tore his meniscus while warming up for a game in December, ending his season.
Beach was able to remove his knee immobilizer this week, according to coach Ryan Mountain, who called up Tonawanda coach Henry Hughes and asked to give Beach a moment in their game.
Mountain “started” Beach and had fellow senior and Beach’s best friend Donald LaVerdi feed him a pass for an easy layup, his last bucket as a Lumberjack.
LaVerdi would go on to score a career-high 21 points to lift North Tonawanda over their Niagara Frontier League rival, 66-40. James Hollar, the third senior on the team, added eight points.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better night for these three guys,” Mountain said. “They represent everything we want North Tonawanda to represent.”
St. Francis advances
For the third year in a row, St. Francis will challenge Canisius in the Monsignor Martin Playoffs.
The Red Raiders knocked off Timon, 81-74, in the opening round of the playoffs.
It was coach Brian Ferris’ first win at Timon in his six-year career with St. Francis.
Justin Poumpey logged a triple-double in the win with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Sophomore Ameil Collins racked up 22 points.
Canisius topped the Raiders in both their last two playoff meetings, but that doesn't daunt the Raiders.
“It should be a good one,” said Ferris.