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Stronger with more to prove, passionate yet untested, the Jamestown Red Raiders sail head first into the autumn wind for the 2016 season.
After a 5-4 performance last season, the Red Raiders are coming into this season rebuilt and determined to be a force in the Section VI AA South division. “We’re trying to be more consistent,” says JHS Head Coach Tom Langworthy. “We’re bigger and better on the line-of-scrimmage which is where games are won and lost…we’ll be a run-team that throws with a swarming defense, and that’s who we are.”
What’s most notable about this team in particular is how young their roster is. “This team is younger and inexperienced,” Langworthy confessed, “but whenever you have youth you’ve got kids who are hungry. We’ve got a young defense, but I think we’ll swarm to the ball and have a lot of passion to get to the football and make plays.”
Another key detail coming into this season is that the Red Raiders will have a new starting quarterback, Matt Hill, a 6’2” Junior making his debut versus Williamsville North (9/2).
Senior DL/OL Jeremy Bush is another player on this team making some noise early. He is considered one of the strongest men in JHS history. He posted a 460 pound bench press this year, and Assistant Coach David Munella sees Bush as an aggravator to opposing teams. “He’s one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever met in my life,” Munella continued. “If he’s playing at the level that we feel he should be playing at, he’s going to cause problems for a lot of teams.”
This means that more double teams on the line-of-scrimmage will be dedicated to him on defense, according to the coach. That will open the door for some of these young, hungry defenders to get in there and make some big plays!
“The people of Jamestown are going to be real proud of this team,” Langworthy says. “We embody Jamestown. We’re not going to be the biggest or fastest team out there, but we’re going to play the hardest of any team fans will see out there.”
Jamestown’s first three games are perhaps their toughest of the season, including games at Lancaster (9/9) and home versus Orchard Park (9/16).
The autumn winds have finally arrived, and we’re all hungry for some JHS football.