JAMESTOWN, N.Y.-Two impressive streaks ended Friday night when Jamestown beat Orchard Park. The Quakers came into the game riding an 18 game winning streak and they had beaten the Red Raiders ten straight times going back to the 2002 season.
In a thriller Jamestown beat Orchard Park 35-28. The win gives the teams identical won loss records at 5-1. With a win at Clarence Saturday Jamestown clinches the top seed and potentially two playoff games at Strider Field.
While the win has a tremendous impact on the field its just as large off the field. Red Raiders head coach Tom Langworthy told Two On Your Side's Stu Boyar "the win gave us a lot of confidence and hopefully it will propel us throughout the rest of the season. We have to use that momentum in a positive way to give us confidence every game. As far as Orchard Park, that was last week and now we have to move forward and focus on this week." Jamestown players are in lock step with their head coach. Senior lineman John Czech told Stu "it was a huge win that gives us a lot of momentum I think and a lot of confidence certainly when we go out and beat an undefeated team. They're on an 18 game winning streak and beating that team gives us a lot of confidence going into next week and into the playoffs too." Stu asked John about anyone being over confident after such a big win. "Our coaches are really sound about getting that into our heads that it was just one win. The best we can do this week is 1-0 so our eyes are all on Clarence this week."
The Red Devils are without starting quarterback Mark Armstrong who suffered a season ending shoulder injury in week two. However Clarence has won three straight games coming into this week's game against Jamestown. Langworthy told Stu "its always a worry that you have a letdown but I think our players are focused and they realize the goal this week. A successful week and a win will get us a league championship which we haven't had in quite awhile so we have a lot riding on this game so we're going to work hard and look forward to Saturday."
The Red Raiders have a talented team but it takes more than just talent to win. Junior running back DaQuon Hollingsworth told Stu "we're a very very tough squad. We have a really good relationship with each other. We don't ever give up. We always overcome adversity, we bounce back when anything bad happens. We just have a tough mind set." Junior quarterback Jake Sisson added "we're a real tight family here in Jamestown. We've got nice team chemistry and a lot of play makers. We play as a team. We don't play as individuals we play as a team."
That team's next big test comes Saturday afternoon at Clarence. Kickoff is scheduled for 2-p-m.