Hello from Charles Dingboom Field for the Class AA quarterfinal featuring Jamestown at Riverside.
Today there are just five Section VI quarterfinals as opposed to last night's busy lineup. We'll be filling up the brackets as soon as we get results today. We'll be passing along updates as soon as we get them.
You can tune into the Class B game on the other side of the city at All High Stadium, where Burgard is taking on Eden in the Intense Milk Game of Week on WJJL (1440 AM).
2:02 p.m. We're set to kick off and Riverside will be kicking off to Jamestown.
2:09 p.m. Whoa. That was quick. After Jamestown went five plays and punted after its first drive, Riverside scores a TOUCHDOWN on its first play from scrimmage. Junior D'Yontae Parker took a handoff to the right side, got some solid blocking and -- as he approached the right sideline -- made a super cutback to get into the secondary, then used a burst of speed to get in the open field, running across to the left side and into the end zone for a 79-yard score. The two-point conversion pass was tipped and fell to the turf. With 9:42 left in the first quarter, Riverside leads Jamestown, 6-0.
2:17 p.m. A punt by Jamestown is followed by an interception by the Red Raiders' Gerald Dixie to set up the Red Raiders at the Riverside 44 with about 6:50 remaining in the first quarter.
2:22 p.m. Jamestown takes advantage of the turnover with a strong drive on the ground. The Red Raiders ran eight times, concluding with a 4-yard TOUCHDOWN run by Joe Campion in which he went to the right and had an open lane to the end zone. Eric Tyra kicks the extra point and with 3:18 left in the first quarter, Jamestown has a 7-6 lead at Riverside.
UPDATE via the WJJL broadcast: Burgard takes a 8-0 lead on Eden with 1:14 left in the first quarter.
2:29 p.m. Riverside appeared to have a blockbuster play in which quarterback Jeremiah Cormack hit Harold Millender on a huge pass play which would have gone for about 50 yards, but it was called back on a holding penalty. Riverside has had trouble with penalties all season. They would have to punt and Jamestown took over at the Riverside 47.
2:30 p.m. At the END OF THE FIRST QUARTER, Jamestown leads Riverside, 7-6. Jamestown has a second-and-10 at the Riverside 42.
UPDATE from All High via WJJL: Burgard leads Eden, 14-0, after Corvonte Jones returned a fumble 36 yards for a touchdown.
2:37 p.m. UPDATE via WJJL play-by-play man Rich Kozak via text (quality multitasking): Frontier leads, 7-3, at Kenmore West in the second quarter of that Class AA quarterfinal.
2:43 p.m. Jamestown took a timeout with 5:16 left in the second quarter before a fourth-and-1, then they got it -- by the nose of the ball on a measurement -- after a nice, tough run (one of many) by Joe Campion.
2:47 p.m. Jamestown faces another fourth down (and 6) but the pass goes incomplete and Riverside takes over at its 26 with 2:44 left in the first half.
2:50 p.m. A timeout here with 1:08 left in the second quarter with Riverside facing a fourth-and-2 at its 34. ... UPDATE from Prep Talk first-ballot Hall of Famer TML1000: Frontier 7, Kenmore West 6 at halftime.
2:54 p.m. We are at HALFTIME with Jamestown leading Riverside, 7-6. Just the kind of score we expected here. ... It is also halftime at All High: Burgard leads Eden, 14-0.
Here are halftime highlights -- including both first-quarter touchdowns -- thanks to multi-talented video reporter Aaron Besecker:
3:05 p.m. Listening to WJJL halftime show in a rare moment where I'm not typing stuff or updating stuff or getting an update or giving an update :-) ... I totally disagree with Roger Weiss' halftime show guest saying Depew looked sluggish at the start of last night's game (the theory is that the rivalry game win at Lancaster the week before led to some kind of a letdown). I thought last night's game was an outstanding matchup of two great teams and I wouldn't put anything on the Lancaster game whatsoever. Both teams were very good early, scoring on their opening drives. Lackawanna won the game, period.
3:12 p.m. Update here that Sweet Home leads Lafayette, 12-6, at halftime. Whoa. We're about to start the second half here.
3:18 p.m. UPDATE from Williamsville East from someone who said "Milt told me to call:" Iroquois leads Will East, 27-14, at halftime.
Riverside punted after its first possession and Jamestown was pinned at its 1 with 9:58 left in the third quarer.
3:24 p.m. Jamestown is stopped on fourth-and-1 at the Riverside 41 and the Frontiers take over with 6:33 left in the third quarter.
3:31 p.m. UPDATE from TML1000: Frontier has a 15-12 lead on Kenmore West. West returned the second-half kickoff for 95 yards; Frontier blocked a punt and returned it for a score.
3:32 p.m. Riverside, as it did in the first half, looked to have a blockbuster play as Millender caught a slant pass and made some great moves and used some great speed for what woudl have been a 53-yard score, but it was called back on an illegal block in the back penalty -- the play still went for a first down. Riverside, however, had another penalty push it back and it punted. Jamestown takes over at its 20 with 3:29 left in the third.
3:37 p.m. UPDATE: Burgard leads, 14-0, at the end of three quarters.
3:41 p.m. We are at the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER with Jamestown still leading at Riverside, 7-6.
3:44 p.m. UPDATE from Sweet Home: Panthers now lead Lafayette, 20-6, in third quarter. Thanks to the Bee's Pat Nagy for answering my call :-).
Jamestown went for it on fourth-and-9 at the Riverside 16 but a pass went incomplete after a nice defensive hit by Parker just as the ball arrived.
3:47 p.m. Riverside calls a timeout with 8:46 left in the game fourth-and-a long 1 at its 49.
3:49 p.m. Riverside converts on a great catch by Willie Jefferson.
3:51 p.m. UPDATES: Burgard now up, 20-0, after a Shamari Cheney run with 9:21 left in the third. ... Sweet Home leads, 26-6, with a minute left in the third.
3:53 p.m. Riverside forced to punt on fourth-and-13 at the Jamestown 48; Jamestown takes over at its 28 with 5:54 left. A pretty heavy rain has started here.
3:55 p.m. Jamestown calls a timeout with 3:47 left to play facing a second-and-10 at its 45. Both teams have one timeout left.
3:57 p.m. Riverside calls its final timeout after stuffing a run; Jamestown has fourth-and-5 at the 50 with 2:58 left.
4:05 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Jamestown 7, Riverside 6.
A zany end here, with Jamestown fumbling a punt snap, but then making an interception as Riverside was driving for a score. I was videoing a lot of the late action, so my apologies for the lack of updates.
With Jamestown facing fourth-and-5 at the 50, its punt snap in the rain was mishandled by senior Ne'Kyle Taylor, who couldn't get a kick off. Riverside was in position for a game-winning drive as it took over at the Jamestown 42 with 2:54 to play.
On first down, Riverside ran D'Yontae Parker, who went left and got out of bounds to set up a second-and-8 at the Jamestown 40.
On the next play, Riverside went with a pass, but Jeremiah Cormack's heave to the left hung up in the rain and -- storybook alert -- Taylor was able to get under it to make the interception. That gave the ball to Jamestown at its 14 with 2:33 to go; Campion ran for a first down, a face mask penalty on Riverside followed, and the Red Raiders were able to run out the clock.
Here's the key interception by Taylor, as I (and the iPhone) saw it, and as Jamestown radio and Time Warner Cable called it (both were sitting to my right in the no-open-window press box):
UPDATES: Burgard leads, 26-0, with 5:08 left in that game. ... Kenmore West leads, 22-15, late in the fourth. ... More updates after interviews.
4:23 p.m. Gotta love it when the rain picks up just in time for postgame interviews. :-)
FINAL from Prep Talk blog contributor extraordinare TML1000: Kenmore West beats Frontier, 22-15. ... FINAL from All High thanks to reporter extraordaire Aaron Besecker: Burgard beats Eden, 26-0. ... UPDATE from Bee reporter extraordinare Pat Nagy: Sweet Home leads Lafayette, 34-6, with three minutes left. ... Time to update the bracket page ...
Here's Besecker's video report from Burgard's victory.
FINAL from Nagy: Sweet Home 36, Lafayette 12. ... FINAL from Williamsville thanks to a text from Iroquois' Brad Bowen, who was out injured today and relayed Milt Latimer's update earlier: Williamsville East 28, Iroquois 27. Whoaaa. Killer comeback for the Flames.
That completes our final fours and our 20-team field for the Section VI semifinals.
6:45 p.m. Back at the office doing a bunch of stuff -- very notable that Canisius wins at Ohio's Walsh Jesuit, 47-44, this afternoon. Walsh Jesuit drops to 6-3 on the year; impressive win on the road for the Crusaders going into next week's home showdown with St. Francis. The Red Raiders, by the way, routed Cardinal O'Hara, 35-6.
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