September 29, 2012
Over and over, it was heard in Central New York football annals. Jamesville-DeWitt had all the talent on hand, and if it ever got things together, look out.
Well, things are together. The Red Rams are 5-0, and Friday's big win over Nottingham, which featured a defense that forced five Bulldog turnovers, all but clinched the Class A American division title for J-D, who is clearly the Class A team to beat, which hasn't been the case for a long time.
That was just part of a wild evening in the Class A ranks. Over in the National division, once-dominant Whitesboro fell on its face at Indian River thanks to Darrius Bryant's 245 yards on the ground, and once-favored Watertown got run over by Carthage 47-0, the Comets gaining more than 450 yards on the ground in the process.
The night's other big news took place at Liverpool. With first place in the AA-1 division (for now) at stake, Liverpool outscored Utica Proctor 56-45. All season long the Warriors have been in these types of shoot-outs, falling to Henninger but rallying past Henninger and, now, Proctor.
But Liverpool can't possibly feel safe at the top because the showdown with Baldwinsville is looming. The Bees got 351 more yards from Tyler Rouse in a romp over Auburn, and Rouse has burned up the Warriors each of the last two years. This could get to 100 points, too.
All is in place in the AA-2 division, where CBA saw Cody Radziewicz take over for an ailing J.R. Zazzara at quarterback and, running and passing, drop 42 first-half points on Central Square. Now the Brothers await next Friday's first-place showdown with Henninger as West Genesee bounced back from its CBA loss by handling Corcoran and still could finish second in the division.
Chittenango's Class B rampage continued at Westhillas Devin Phelps ran for three long touchdowns to move the Bears to 5-0. Everyone else seems far behind, as two chasers, Homer and Oneida, struggled for any points in the rain and the Trojans pulled out a 6-0 classic.
Moving to Class C, make that four shutouts in a row for General Brown after a 55-0 trashing of Thousand Islands, a 5-0 mark for Skaneateles after it roared past Institute of Technology Central and Herkimer still running away in C East after amassing 61 points at Cooperstown. The Lakers still haven't won C West yet, though, as it still has to handle Tully, who gained 50 points against Hannibal.
Port Byron got a nice bounce-back win against Onondaga after getting creamed by Sandy Creek a week ago, while Pulaski debuted its new lights in a stunning manner, beating APW 32-26 on a late TD pass from Tom Taplin to Aaron Sullivan, claiming bragging rights on the Salmon River.
Given that we're talking about a body of water with fish in it, isn't bragging rights redundant?