For the past two years, Jamestown and Orchard Park have met in the Section VI Class AA Championship game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
And for the past two years, the Quakers have won the title. Even last year, after Jamestown won the regular season meeting.
But the Red Raiders aren’t using past results as motivation for tonight’s 7 p.m. game at Orchard Park.
“This is a new group with new opportunities and new goals,” Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy said. “So far our season has been good. We want to keep it rolling. This week our motivation is to improve. We want to be the best we can this week. It just happens that Orchard Park is our opponent.
“We want to come out and play Red Raider football every weekend. This is a self-motivated group. They have some high expectations. I don’t think we need to use the past.”
Jamestown is undefeated (5-0) and has scored at least 50 points in each of its games this season.
The key has been the play of quarterback Jack Sisson, running back Da’Quan Hollingsworth and a talented group of receivers starting with Zack Panebianco.
“That puts a lot of pressure on defenses,” Langworthy said. “We’re able to evolve what we do often from week to week. Every week we’re putting in a new little wrinkle.
“Our blueprint for success has been our desire for improvement on the field and in the way we execute our plays. I think our football program is always looking to get better, to find an edge, to improve day to day and week to week.”
The Quakers are 4-1, with their only loss coming to Lockport. They will likely be the No. 3 seed in the Class AA playoffs.
There are six traditional rivalry games on the schedule this week. Here’s a look at the matchups:
Albion at Medina, 7:30 p.m. Friday. It’s not just a rivalry game but a divisional game in B North with playoff implications. Albion can secure the fourth and final playoff spot with a win as the Purple Eagles are 3-2 heading into the game. Medina (2-3) can force a bunch of tiebreak scenarios with a win. Albion leads the all-time series, 64-46-5, but Medina won last year, 56-34.
Hamburg at Frontier, 7 p.m., Friday. Frontier (5-1) has clinched the No. 2 seed in Class AA while Hamburg (2-3) looks to be out of the race in Class A South. Hamburg’s lead in the series has closed to 29-27-2 because the Falcons have won the last three meetings. Last year, Frontier won, 49-20.
Tonawanda at North Tonawanda, 6 p.m. Friday. North Tonawanda (2-3) is out of the A North race while Tonawanda (3-3) likely will play top-seeded Fredonia in the Class C quarterfinals.
North Tonawanda leads the series, 63-31-9, and has won the last 12 meetings. Last season, the Lumberjacks trailed, 14-10, at the half. Nehemiah Stone scored the winning touchdown for the Lumberjacks on a 16-yard run in the third quarter as NT won, 17-14.
Lancaster at Depew, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Depew is coming off a dominating, 45-16 win over Eden to close out its Class B South season at 5-1. Lancaster has the No. 5 spot in the Class AA playoffs with a 3-3 mark. Lancaster leads the overall series (47-32-6) but Depew has won the last three matchups.
Fredonia at Dunkirk, 7:30 p.m., Friday. It’s opposite fortunes for these rivals as Fredonia is undefeated (6-0) and Dunkirk is winless (0-6). Dunkrik leads the series (63-47-11) but Fredonia has won the last 14 meetings.
Kenmore East at Kenmore West, 2 p.m., Saturday. Kenmore West (4-2) is the fourth seed in Class AA and will host No. 5 Lancaster in next weekend’s quarterfinals. In Class A, Kenmore East (3-2) is the final seed and will play at Sweet Home in the quarterfinals. West won last year, 13-10, and the Blue Devils lead the all-time series, 35-17-2.