Now the Jamesville-DeWitt football team can make plans to join its neighbors from East Syracuse-Minoa as both trek toward the Section III Class A playoffs.
On a memorable Senior Night, the Red Rams made it back-to-back wins, overcoming an early deficit and pulling away in the fourth quarter to beat Fulton 47-13 to improve to 2-2 in the Class A American division.
As this went on, ESM was in Oswego, finding the end zone in many different ways as the Spartans rolled past the Buccaneers by a score of 49-6.
J-D was just the latest team to find out how far Fulton had fallen from its normally lofty status as a perennial Class A title contender.
That didn't happen right away, though. Even with quarterback Ahkeen Williams scoring early on a 44-yard touchdown run, Fulton clawed its way to a 13-7 lead early in the second period as Brett Williams and Donald Watson found the end zone on runs of eight and two yards, respectively.
Late in the half, the Rams began to take over. Williams capped off a long drive with a two-yard run that, with Chris Beaulieu's extra point, gave J-D a 14-13 lead.
Then, just before halftime, Curtis Walker took a handoff on his own 31-yard line and, breaking tackles, didn't stop until he was in the end zone 69 yards later. The Rams led, 21-13, going into the break, as Walker finished with 123 yards on just 11 carries.
Amani Jackson expanded that margin in the third quarter, racing 32 yards to the end zone, but J-D saved its best work for the final period.
Twice, the Rams drove toward the Red Raiders' goal line and finished off those drives with touchdowns - Williams on a one-yard plunge, Jackson on a three-yard run. And J-D's defense provided the final blow when Willie Walker returned a Fulton fumble 78 yards for the final TD.