Jamesville-DeWitt left little doubt who would be OHSL Freedom National Division regular season champion Friday on George Butts Field.
Led by their high-scoring trio of Grayson Burns, Ryan Archer and Griffin Cook, the fifth-ranked Class B team in New York State rolled to a 15-4 win over Homer Central to complete the Freedom Division season at 7-0 and improve to 13-2 overall.
The Trojans settle for second place in the division at 6-1 and fall to 9-6 overall.
“We went over in practice that we needed to move the ball more,” junior Archer said after his three goal-five assist game. “We started to do that early on and, once we got a big lead, we felt comfortable and kept building on that. We found the open guys and kept working that.”
“Honestly, we have had a long stretch of game-practice-game-practice,” J-D head coach Jamie Archer said. “Before today’s game was the first time in probably three and a half weeks where we had two practices in a row. It was a good chance to figure out some things. We had a chance to see some things we were doing and make some corrections. We haven’t been able to do that in a while.
“We came out and the guys moved the ball around well,” he continued. “We played unselfish. We were talking a lot on defense. We made a good step today.”
As much as J-D was able to find openings to score, it could have been worse except Mark Suits made 15 saves in the Trojan goal.
“We kept finding the open guys,” Coach Archer said. “We were able to finish, but that goalie played well too. He made a lot of saves.”
The result was obviously not what Homer head coach Tom Cottrell wanted.
“It certainly wasn’t what our expectations were,” Cottrell said. “I thought we would come out of the gate better with the momentum for Wednesday night. To J-D’s credit, they came here and took it right to us from the beginning. They played very well and we didn’t.
“They outworked us and outhustled us to all the balls,” he added. “They were outworking us to every important ground ball. That’s what good teams do. We did not play to the intensity level that we needed to to compete at J-D’s level.”
J-D SCORED JUST 1:25 into the game when Ryan Archer found Anthony DiGiovanni free for a hard shot waist high into the cage.
Cook (three goals-two assists) scored a bounce shot with 7:50 left in the first quarter and Archer netted his first goal 20 seconds later off a pass from Cook for the 3-0 cushion.
A determined man-up effort by Tucker O’Donnell got the Trojans on the board with 3:36 left in the first quarter, but the Red Rams would score eight unanswered goals to build an 11-1 advantage.
Archer assisted on goal by Burns (five goals) and Adam Fontana for a 5-1 lead as the first quarter ended. Burns, Joseph Kiesa, Cook and Archer scored during second quarter play to push the halftime margin to 9-1. Archer assist on Kiesa and Cook’s goals with Cook assisting on Archer’s tally.
Burns scored a low rocket along the turf to open third quarter scoring at the 4:31 mark. Cook scored less than a minute later with Andrew Barclay assisting.
Jerrad Reiner stopped the J-D run as his unassisted goal under the crossbar came with 2:56 left in the quarter.
Burns found the cage again with 6.3 seconds remaining for a 12-2 Red Ram advantage after three quarters.
THE TEAMS TRADED goals in the fourth quarter with J-D holding a 3-2 edge. Archer went upper corner, Burns scored on a rebound shot and Tyler McKee closed out the scoring with 2:01 to go with Jacob Risavi assisting.
In between each of those goals, the Trojans added to their total. Jake Riley score a man-up goal off an assist from Lars Roos with 7:29 on the clock. Dante Yacavone scored an unassisted goal with 5:55 to play.
Dylan Fleischman came out of the J-D goal after Yacavone’s goal and finished with 11 saves. Patrick Gillson played the remainder of the game for the Red Rams and had one save.
Two good things were the Ryan Gabriel was back taking some face-offs for the Trojans and Noah Goddard was back on defense.
“We are getting healthy heading into playoff season,” Cottrell said.
Homer will close out regular season Tuesday as the Trojans celebrates Senior Night against non-league rival Cazenovia at 7 p.m.
HOMER JVs will host Jamesville-DeWitt Tuesday at 5 p.m.