Last week, Jamestown quarterback Jake Sisson had the best single-game passing performance in Western New York history.
This week, he put on quite a show with his feet.
Sisson ran for four long touchdowns, three of which accounted for the first three scores of the game, to help power No. 3 large school Jamestown to a 58-32 nonleague victory over South Park on Friday before an estimated 500 at Robert E. Rich All High Stadium.
Sisson, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior, ran for scores of 42, 29 and 42 yards to give Jamestown a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, and the Red Raiders would maintain a sizable lead the remainder of the night. Jamestown had a 27-8 halftime advantage and Sisson’s 53-yard run made it 39-16 with 4:38 left in the third quarter.
“I just take what the defense gives me,” Sisson said. “That’s what I’ve always been taught since I was a little kid.”
Last Saturday, Sisson set a Western New York record with 508 yards on 21-of-40 passing as he threw for six touchdowns in Jamestown’s 50-28 win at Kenmore West. The 508 surpassed the mark of 492 yards set by current UB quarterback Joe Licata at Williamsville South in 2009.
Sisson completed 14 of 22 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns Friday while he ran 10 times for 164 yards as Jamestown moved to 3-0.
“He’s just a really talented kid, but all the talent wouldn’t be anything without the hard work,” said Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy. “He deserves the good things that happen because he’s put in the hard work, and what I’m most proud of is that he only cares about that one statistic – the win.”
The quarterback’s runs were a result of Jamestown’s multi-dimensional offense. Sisson threw to excellent targets like 6-4 junior Stephen Carlson, 5-9 junior Zach Panebianco, 6-foot junior Ben Larson and 6-3 senior Brian Park, while quick-footed 5-9 senior Da’Quon Hollingsworth (three second-half TDs) is one of the top running backs in Western New York.
“They were keying on ’Quan a lot, their DBs were playing press coverage and they weren’t really paying attention, and our line opened up a bunch of great holes to run through,” Sisson said. “They were basically dropping back six or five almost every play. When the holes opened up, I knew I had a lot of running space in the open field and I took advantage of it.
“I saw a hole, hit the hole hard and started running as fast as I could down the field.”
Class AA power Jamestown, ranked behind No. 1 St. Joe’s and No. 2 Canisius in The News large school poll, was simply too much to handle for a very talented South Park team. The Red Raiders’ lead reached 51-16 early in the fourth quarter.
“Last week they stacked seven in the box on ’Quan, and we were able to exploit them with the pass,” said Langworthy. “Tonight I thought they were coming real hard and we were able to get outside on them, and Jake was able to score on some misdirection stuff.
“I’m just happy that no one really cares who gets the credit. It’s all about the team. And when that happens – and I think that’s happening – the sky’s the limit.”
The Sparks (2-1), who are 2-0 in Class A South play, were led by 5-10, 175-pound senior quarterback Tyler Mascio, who threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns on 28-of-35 passing while also running for a score. Senior Brandon Jefferson had several standout runs after the catch, including a 47-yard touchdown reception, while senior T.J. Scott had some very good runs.
Jamestown (3-0) hosts Lancaster (2-0 entering today’s game at Niagara Falls) in Class AA action next Saturday at 2 p.m. South Park plays Lake Shore (0-3) at 6 p.m. next Friday in an A South game.