For varying reasons, the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa football teams were unhappy thanks to defeats suffered on long road trips in the second week of the 2013 season.
To resolve this, the Red Rams and Spartans simply had to return to its home environment – or at least close to it, anyway – and rely on its proven strengths to reach the win column again.
J-D was at home last Friday night, taking on Fulton, and the complete lack of a passing game meant nothing on this night as Rasheed Baker and James Jones ran wild from the start and the Red Rams, with 387 total yards on the ground, roared to a 42-7 victory over the Red Raiders.
A big play got the Rams started as it blocked a punt deep in Fulton territory early in the first quarter, setting up Baker’s five-yard scoring run. Then, on J-D’s next possession, Baker, from the Red Raiders’ 44, broke tackles and rumbled to the end zone, quickly making it 14-0.
After Cody Green threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Bradley late in the first quarter, the Rams’ defense clamped down, using its speed and skill to stop anything that Fulton tried to establish, and even scored for itself when Joe Morgan returned a fumble for a TD late in the half.
That made it 28-7 at the break, as Jones scored on a 13-yard run earlier in the second quarter. Though Jones had just eight carries, he made them count, amassing 109 yards to complement the tough work of Baker, who earned 195 yards on 24 carries.
J-D steadily put things away late, Baker’s runs setting up John Werbowsky as he scored on runs of three and four yards. Anthony DiGiovanni made all six of the extra points he attempted.