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Above are members of Jamestown’s offensive line. Kneeling from left are Brandon Lobb, Cole Joly and Aiden Deveraux. Standing are John Overbeck-Thompson, Aric Bloomquist and Aziyon Wilson-Earll. PJ file photo of Scott Kindberg

Tom Langworthy proved prophetic one afternoon nearly three months ago.

“There will be all sorts of challenges and things to overcome,” the Jamestown head coach said during a preseason interview, “But we want to be in this tunnel on an early Thursday night in November and fight for the section title.”

First, the Red Raiders experienced challenges.

Second, they overcame them.

And finally, they stood in the tunnel at Highmark Stadium before sending Williamsville North out for a Section VI Class A championship.

At 18:00 today, the Langworthy crew take on hosts Hilton of Section V in the Far West Regional, with a berth in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association semi-finals at stake.

The key word in this sentence is “Line.”

Because for all of Jamestown’s offensive successes this fall — quarterback Trey Drake passes, Carsen Bane and Radon Wright runs, and a quartet of dynamic receivers catches — it probably wouldn’t have happened if there wasn’t a collection of “newbies” in front.

Aric Bloomquist (6-ft-2, 210 pounds), Aiden Deveraux (5-11, 245), Cole Joly (6-0, 180), Brandon Lobb (5-11, 205) and Aziyon Wilson-Earll (5- 11, 225) did Langworthy “Really proud.”

“These are boys who have risen” he said.

Keep in mind that none of those five teenagers — three seniors, a junior and a sophomore — saw the field much, if at all, during Jamestown’s 12-1 season in 2021, which ended in the state semifinals .

Joey Delgado, Julian McGaughy, Nick Miraglia, Caleb Bane and Drayce Garland have all graduated leaving it to the coaching staff to assemble a very different group of starters.

“Aric Bloomquist and Brandon Lobb were juniors who didn’t start but got behind a great line and they learned.” said Langworthy. “It’s your turn now. It’s their turn not only to play, but to lead, and that’s a huge part of their legacy. They carry the torch, and then they pass it on to someone else, and that’s really where tradition grows.”

Langworthy admitted there were “Definitely growing pains” during the pre-season and first two games of the regular season (non-league losses at Lancaster and Orchard), “But it’s a good lesson for kids not to give up. It’s just a good lesson on improvement.”

The results were obvious.

Drake has thrown for more than 2,300 yards and 27 touchdowns; Bane has rushed more than 1,000 yards and Wright has rushed 625 yards; and the receiving corps of Darius Freeney (43 receptions, 770 yards), Carson Panebianco (40-670), Colin Melendez (38-440), and Sean O’Brien (32-424) have provided Drake with many guns to throw at can .

None of this is possible without a strong offensive line.

“All these guys that started out in our line were in the old gym[at Jamestown High School]in March and April doing linemen stuff.” said Langworthy. “They didn’t just come over in August and learn. You invest the time.”

The routine for Bloomquist, Deveraux, Joly, Lobb and Wilson-Earll would be to meet in the school’s weight room at 6am on Fridays and then go to the old gym to continue their training.

“I called it ‘Breakfast Club’.” said Langworthy.

But when they arrived early that first morning, the boys found their coach had told a little white lie.

“I think they thought there was a tray of muffins.” Langworthy said with a smile.

Instead, he advised his new line that they could feed themselves in the school cafeteria.

And now, “Misunderstanding” That being said, and just a few days before Thanksgiving, the Red Raiders are celebrating, thanks in no small part to the five guys at the top.

“I needed her” Langworthy said “and they answered the call.”

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