Red Rams linebacker Joe Morgan (48) gets a sack of Whitesboro quarterback Bodhi Forbes (11).
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
The Whitesboro Warriors remarkable run to the post season, after an (0-4) start ended this evening on a rain soaked, frigid field at Jamesville-DeWitt High School.
The fourth seeded Red Rams of J-D took down the Warriors by a score of 14-0.
Whitesboro, the number five seed, had won its last three games to earn a berth in the Section III, Class “A” football playoffs, before falling in tonight’s opening round contest.
The Warriors certainly had their share of chances tonight, but were unable to put any points on the board as a result.
Jamesville-DeWitt coughed the ball up on its first two possessions of the first quarter, but each time the Red Rams defense stopped the Warriors before they could even reach the red zone.
In fact, Whitesboro didn’t have a snap inside the J-D 20 yard line all night long.
The Warriors defense was outstanding tonight, stopping J-D on 4th and less than a yard, two times in the third quarter alone.
Anthony DiGiovanni’s point after was good and with 8:16 remaining in the first period, the home club had a hard fought seven point lead.
Baker, who came into the game averaging more than 150 yards per game this season, finished the night with 117 yards on 38 carries and two scores.
The Red Rams running game was also balanced by quarterback Nate Shapiro, and running backs Ernest Shaw and Ben Honis, who combined for another 130 yards tonight.
J-D rushed for 244 yards in the game, while Whitesboro managed less than 100.
Whitesboro got strong performances from running backs Travis Eberley, as well as brothers Andy and Mike DiViccaro, which bent the J-D defense, but just couldn’t break it.
Trailing 7-0 late in the third quarter, Whitesboro had its best chance at tying things up, when quarterback Bodhi Forbes hit a wide open Nick Evans with a pass in the flat, for what appeared to be a sure first down.
But, as Evans turned up field for extra yards, Red Rams defensive back Darius Cage put a big hit on Evans, knocking the ball loose and into the hands of a Rams defender, handing the ball back to the J-D offense.
DiGiovanni’s second extra point of the game was good and the Red Rams held a 14-0 lead late in the ball game.
The Warriors were unable to mount much of a threat on their final two possessions of the ball game and the Red Rams held on for a tough 14-0 win.
Both teams struggled with holding on to the ball. Whitesboro fumbled three times, one of which came in the fourth quarter during its last-ditch effort to score.
J-D improves to (6-2) and advances to take on first seeded Indian River next week in the semi final round.
Whitesboro finishes their season at (3-5).
Jamesville Dewitt 14 Whitesboro 0
1 2 3 4 Total
Whitesboro 0 0 0 0 0
JD 0 7 0 7 14