Spartans, Red Rams both fall in Class A football playoffs

Augliano closed out Watertown's first-half blitz by connecting with Caleb Betts on a 34-yard scoring pass, then ran 25 yards for his team's seventh TD of the half, making it 50-14 going into the break. The Cyclones would ease off in the second half, but only after Cappe had added one more TD run, of 14 yards.

Much the same thing was going on at Whitesboro, minus the record books. J-D, who had won three straight games following an 0-4 start, arrived with some confidence about its chances, but the Warriors wasted little time seizing command of the night.

Steve Almond got Whitesboro on the board with a pair of first-quarter TD runs, covering 11 and nine yards. And when Bradee Holtslag found Mike Sullivan in the end zone for a nine-yard scoring pass, the Red Rams trailed 21-0 going into the second period.

And it would get worse. J-D was driving toward a possible score when Mike Bunal stepped in front of a Ahkeen Williams pass and returned the interception 85 yards for a TD. Sullivan then returned to polish off a 64-yard TD run, the big plays increasing Whitesboro's margin to 34-0 by halftime.

J-D would not get on the board until the fourth quarter, when Austin Tousaw would return a fumble 21 yards for a score and Chris Beaulieu added the extra point. Williams and the Rams' offense never registered a point against Whitesboro's stingy defense.

The Warriors advanced to next weekend's Class A semifinal against Cortland, who blanked Camden 22-0 to get this far. Watertown will play Indian River (a 51-14 winner over Oswego) in the other semifinal, with the title game on Nov. 5 at the Carrier Dome. ESM will host the regional championships Nov. 11 and 12.

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