March 29, 2013
J-D wins battle of sectional champions
Joe Mcintyre/staff photographer
Homer’s Chris Brown (left) gets tied up with Jamesville-DeWitt’s Jamie McBurney (25) in the first quarter of the Red Ram’s 20-7 win Thursday night.
In a Thursday night match-up that featured two Section 3 champions from 2012, it was a perennial Class B powerhouse that prevailed on George Butts Field.
Behind the 10-goal, one assist effort from senior Jordan Evans, defending Class B champion Jamesville-DeWitt rolled to a 20-7 OHSL Freedom Division over host Homer Central, the defending Class C champion. It was the second 20-goal output in as many games for the 2-0 Red Rams. The Trojans slip to 1-1 in league and overall play
“We certainly were not ready for them tonight,” Homer coach Tom Cottrell said. “Even though you never like to lose, it still very early in the season and there is a lot of time to work to things that need to be fixed.
“We need to get better in front of Jonathan (Cottrell) and help him out in goal,” he continued. “We certainly need some more consistency on offense, but we have a number of young guys there. Jake Gray is making the transition from defensive to offensive middie. Danny Turck is up from the JVs and Nate McLyman is in his first year on the varsity. They have some growing up to do yet, but they are really working hard as are all the guys. “
It took some time for Jamesville-DeWitt to get going. Mike Perkins got the Red Rams on the board with 4:53 left in the first quarter off a feed from Lucas Johnson. Evans made it 2-0 just 16 seconds later with an unassisted tally.
While Homer was hanging tough, the Trojans started the second quarter down a man thanks to a non-releasable three-minute penalty for an illegal stick. The Red Rams took advantage as Evans scored unassisted and he then assisted on Jeff Edwards’ goal within a 27-second span to open the period. Evans made it 5-0 with 8:41 left in the first half as Johnson picked up the second of his four assists on the evening.
Brandon Maxson got the Trojans on the scoreboard with 5:26 left in the half. The senior attack scored an unassisted goal off a man-up opportunity.
The remaining five minutes was all Red Rams as the visitors netted five more goals for a 10-1 cushion. Evans scored three of the five goals with Ryan Durkin and Perkins each finding the cage once.
Evans continued to wield the hot stick as he opened the third quarter with his seventh goal. Justin Diamond assisted on the goal with 11:17 left in the quarter.
The Trojans went on a mini-run of their own with three goals in a span of 1:26. Jake Gary started the run with 9:40 left in the quarter off a Maxson assist. Beau Riley netted goals with nine minutes and 8:14 showing to cut the Homer deficit to 11-4. Gray picked up the assist on the second Riley tally.
Evans stopped the Trojan run as 7:53, but Gray answered the the Trojans 48 seconds later as both goals with unassisted.
The Red Rams closed out the quarter with a six-goal run. Evans (3:56, 1:51) scored twice as did Mike Engstrom (3:33, 0:01) with Griffin Feiner (1:24) and Diamond (1:04) each netting one goal.
The two teams traded goals in the fourth quarter. J-D would score and Homer would answer. Edwards and Ryan McKee got the Red Ram goals. Danny Turck and Brad Sovocool collected their first varsity goals for the Trojans. Sean Ferrito picked up the assist on Turck’s marker.
Jonathan Cottrell finished with 13 saves in just over third quarters of work with 18 goals allowed. Jack Connery played most of the fourth quarter, allowing two goals with no saves.
Things will get no easier Tuesday as Homer will host Cazenovia at 3 p.m. on Butts Field. The non-league contest is a rematch of the Class C title game won by the Trojans 10-6 at C-NS.
“We want to play the best schools to prepare for sectionals,” Tom Cottrell said. “We have two tough tests next week with teams we could see in the Class C playoffs. Caz will be that first test Tuesday and will play at Skaneateles later in the week.”
HOMER JVs ran into a powerful Jamesville-DeWitt squad and fell to 1-1 on the season. Nine different Junior Rams scored during the 14-6 triumph.
“Overall, I thought we did some things better than in Tuesday’s New Hartford game,” Homer coach Nick Patriarco said. “J-D did score several goals in transition, but I think our six-on-six defense made them work long possessions before shooting. Matt Suits saw a lot of tough shots, but made some real nice saves. Offensively, we were able to create some scoring chances from in front and from behind the goal. I am pleased with the guys’ effort and their willingness to keep working and listening.”
J-D grabbed a 5-0 lead in the first half and built the advantage to 7-1 by halftime. The second half was more competitive with the visitors holding a 7-5 edge in scoring.
Ryan Wainwright (one assist) and Bailey Wood each netted two goals to lead Homer. Jacob Durkee and Jared Reiner scored the other goals with Bailey Goddard and Brody Urban dishing out one assist each. Mark Suits made 14 saves in the Trojan goal.
Grayson Burns powered the Jamesville-DeWitt offense with five goals. Ben Wipper added two goals and one assist while Mac Palin made four saves.
Homer JVs return to action Tuesday with a 10 a.m. clash at Butts Field with Ithaca High’s Little Red JV squad from Section 4.
HOMER GIRLS were scheduled to play at Jamesville-DeWitt Thursday. That game has been postponed until May 8. The Trojans will try to open their season Saturday with an 11 a.m. non-league contest against South Jefferson at Butts Field.
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