J-D, ESM enter playoffs off big wins

Red Rams top Watertown; Spartans sink Fowler

Now that an undefeated regular season is safely tucked away, the Jamesville-DeWitt football team can turn its full attention to the pursuit of a Section III Class A championship.

The Red Rams mostly relied on big plays in Friday night's regular-season finale at Watertown, scoring four touchdowns of 60 or more yards to put away the Cyclones 47-12.

Important as it was to get that 7-0 mark, J-D found itself in the unusual position of playing the same Watertown squad that it's going to face again this Thursday night in the opening round of the Class A sectionals.

But the Rams held nothing back, especially in a 28-point second-quarter outburst that included three long plays that spoiled the Cyclones' plans.

Already, J-D owned a 6-0 lead thanks to Rasheed Baker's 20-yard touchdown run, but that margin grew when freshman quarterback Jake Brotzki's pass to Josiah Williams turned into a 69-yard scoring play.

Minutes later, Taumeras Howard fielded a Watertown punt at his own 38-yard line and zoomed past the Cyclones' coverage to the end zone, a TD that, with Kaalar Wynn's extra point, made it 19-0.

Brotzki returned to throw a more routine four-yard scoring pass to John Werbowky, and right before halftime Howard struck again, this time catching a pass from J-D's other quarterback, Ryan Wright, and going 67 yards for the TD.

Leading 34-6 at halftime, the Rams got a brief scare when Watertown's Diamond Williams returned an interception 56 yards for a TD in the third quarter. However, on the ensuing kickoff Howard provided one more spectacular play, getting his second TD return on a 79-yard dash to the end zone.

Overall, Baker ran the ball 23 times for 170 yards. Brotzki completed just four of 10 passes, but that went for 158 yards.

J-D’s defense did a superb job on Watertown’s University at Buffalo-bound running back, Diamond Williams, holding him to just 70 yards, even as Cyclones teammate Anton Gasdon gained 155 yards on the ground.

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