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J-D football blanks Fowler, stays unbeaten

ESM drops non-league thriller to Class B power Chittenango

No letdown for the Jamesville-DeWitt football team - and no let-up, either.

The Red Rams, already secure with the Class A American division regular-season championship, completed a perfect run through the league Friday night with a 35-0 shutout of Fowler at Corcoran High School's turf field.

A week earlier, J-D, no. 14 in the state Class A rankings, had secured the league title when it beat Nottingham 25-6, a game that turned on the Red Rams forcing five turnovers, and a win that looked better after the Bulldogs rebounded to rout Carthage 45-6 a week later.

Any worries that J-D would not have the same level of play against Fowler, despite missing four starters (including Willie Walker, whose fumble return for a touchdown against Nottingham put his side ahead for good), dissipated as the Rams grabbed a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Fullback Rasheed Baker capped off the first drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge, and Josiah Williams converted from 11 yards out.

A fast, tough J-D defense shut down anything that Fowler tried to establish, and the margin steadily built up. Baker's second TD, on a three-yard run, made it 21-0, where it stood at halftime.

All season long, the Rams have used two quarterbacks, Ryan Wright splitting time with freshman Jack Brotzki. But it was Wright that would put the game away in the second half, twice throwing TD passes to Taumeras Howard - a 14-yard connection in the third quarter and a 47-yard strike in the final period.

J-D, at 6-0 on the season, could complete an undefeated regular season if it prevails next Friday at Watertown, who has suffered three consecutive defeats after a 3-0 start. Game time is 7 p.m.

East Syracuse-Minoa, the reigning Class A champions, put up quite an effort in Friday night's non-league clash with defending Class A champion Chittenango, but the Bears emerged with a 27-26 decision in this neighborhood clash.

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