Spartans, Red Rams win big on gridiron

ESM prevails at Fulton; J-D stops Albany Academy

J-D didn't prove as stingy against Albany Academy as it was in the J-D clash, but didn't need to be, either, as it used 21 unanswered points in the second and third periods to get away from the Cadets.

Fullback Ben Honis put the Rams on the board with a 20-yard TD run in the first quarter, with Albany Academy answering as Ryan Anderson drilled a 29-yard field goal. But that would be the Cadets' last points until the fourth quarter.

The Rams' patient flex-option offense put together one scoring drive in the second period, Nate Shapiro going 22 yards for the score to make it 14-3 going into halftime.

Then Shapiro scored a second time on a three-yard run in the third quarter before James Jones broke the game open with a 51-yard sprint to the end zone that made it 28-3. Ernest Shaw tacked on a one-yard scoring run in the final period.

While J-D closes its regular season against Fowler at the Corcoran High School Stadium this Friday, ESM will need to defeat Nottingham (2-1 league, 2-4 overall) in order to lock up the outright Class A American division regular-season championship.

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