JAMESTOWN – How does a team bounce back from a poor start?
With a sensational finish, like the one the Jamestown Red Raiders and star running back Jaylen Butera delivered on Friday night, as she overwhelmed section champion V Canandaigua.
As a result, the undefeated Red Raiders (12-0) are now two wins away from adding to their New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship collection.
Jamestown made sure Section VI was not winless on day one of Far West Regional football action. Playing in front of home fans at Strider Field, Butera scored four touchdowns, while the Red Raiders’ defense folded but didn’t break in a 35-14 triumph in the Class A competition.
Canandaigua (11-1), who has won the last three Section V championships, has fallen short. The Braves made it difficult for Jamestown to find his attacking pace as Butera was limited to 67 yards in the first 24 minutes. They managed to move the ball with their assortment of weapons.
But Jamestown fought back and then took control after intermission, forcing two turnovers in the 14-0 finish.
“We know what we wanted,” said Butera, who rushed 33 times for 182 yards and had 48 yards on two receptions. “We went out and increased the intensity. We didn’t go out like that on our pitch in our last home game. I kind of told the guys we still have two quarters left, let’s go finish it.