J-D, ESM enter playoffs off big wins

Red Rams top Watertown; Spartans sink Fowler

There's a chance that J-D could face defending champion East Syracuse-Minoa in the Class A semifinals. At the very least, the Spartans go into the playoffs with some momentum following Friday night's 42-6 victory over Fowler.

Aside from a fumble recovered in the end zone by the Falcons' John Carnegie in the first quarter, the Spartans made few mistakes against Fowler, and already had a 14-6 lead by the end of the period.

Sam Pascarella got ESM on the board with a one-yard scoring plunge, and quarterback Sean Richardson delivered the first of three TD passes to Iyan Underwood, covering 25 yards.

The Spartans scored on both sides of the ball in the second periods, as Jeff McDuffie got a three-yard TD run and Jeff Lobello stepped in front of a Fowler pass and returned it 36 yards for six points.

Ahead 28-6 at halftime, ESM put the game away thanks to Richardson and Underwood. During the third quarter, Richardson found Underwood for a 21-yard scoring pass.

Then, from his own six-yard line, Richardson went deep - and again hit Underwood, who completed a 94-yard scoring pass, the Spartans' longest play from scrimmage this season.

Overall, Richardson was seven-for-10 for 175 yards, most of it to Richardson, who had four catches for 140 yards. McDuffie anchored ESM's defense with a pair of interceptions and Kollin Diedrickson went six-for-six on extra points.

Also on Friday night, Bishop Grimes' regular season concluded with a 54-0 defeat to Bishop Grimes. Phil Schroeder and Joey Schneider each scored two touchdowns for the victorious Blue Devils.

In the first round of the Class A playoffs, ESM, who finished third in the Class A American division, will face Whitesboro, the second-place finisher in the American division, a rematch of last year's sectional final which the Spartans won 27-0.

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