A week after their hard-fought battle for first place in the Class A American division, the East Syracuse-Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt football teams both found plenty of success against their next foes.
The Spartans, no. 20 in the latest state Class A rankings, moved to 5-1 with a 58-33 victory over Fulton Friday night, while the Red Rams pulled away from visiting Albany Academy 35-17 Saturday afternoon to improve its record to 4-2.
ESM was all too happy to see Fulton after J-D's defense held them to a season-low 14 points, a number that the Spartans passed against the Red Raiders by the time the first quarter was done.
Quarterback Sean Richardson began his big night by throwing a 35-yard touchdown pass to Pat Bryant early in the first quarter. The next time ESM had the ball, it moved to the one-yard line, from where K'Hari Flagg scored, and Fred Johnson added a six-yard TD run to make it 19-6.
Fulton showed some resolve in the second period, scoring twice on Mark Pollock's 61-yard run and Cody Green's 13-yard pass to Chris Jones. And the Red Raiders still lost ground because its defense could not stop anything ESM threw at them.
Richardson would tack on two more scoring passes before halftime, both times finding Anthony Townsend on plays that covered 15 and 30 yards, with Richardson tacking on a six-yard TD run as the Spartans took a 39-21 lead to the break.
Any doubts about the outcome were erased when Richardson ran 18 yards for one score in the third quarter and, from his own 10-yard line, went deep to find Bryant on a 90-yard TD reception. Jose Sanchez also found the end zone on an 11-yard run.
All told, Richardson threw 23 passes, completing 12 of them for 345 yards. Bryant accumulated 198 receiving yards on just four completions.