JAMES CITY — There must be something about playing under the lights at Wanner Stadium that brings out the best in high school football players.
Last week, Devonte Dedmon rushed for nearly 300 yards and scored five touchdowns as Warhill defeated Smithfield.
Tyler Doane did his best to duplicate the accomplishment, running for two touchdowns and throwing for one more as Jamestown (2-1 overall, 2-0 district) rolled to a 37-20 victory Friday night over New Kent.
Doane completed 18 of 29 passes for 210 yards and a pair of short touchdown passes. The senior quarterback did his best Robert Griffin III impersonation, rushing for two scores, including a 76-yard run late in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
The Eagles' offense went to work early, scoring on each of its first two possessions.
Doane capped a nine-play, 59-yard drive with an 8-yard completion to Mike Mason. On second-and-goal, Doane rolled to his right and threaded a pass into tight coverage and Mason was able to hang on for the score. Marcel Schwartz kicked the extra point and the Eagles led 7-0 with 4:07 left in the first half.
Jamestown's defense made another big stop on fourth down at the Eagles' 11-yard line. The Eagles responded with a 13-play, 89-yard drive for their second touchdown of the game. Stas Szczepanski plowed in from 9 yards out to build a commanding 14-0 lead with 6:17 left in the half.
New Kent (1-2, 1-1) answered on its third possession of the game. The Trojans did a great job of mixing the run with the pass and marched down the field with great precision.
With a running game established, the Trojans went to play-action, as quarterback Luke Mechling connected with a wide-open T.J. Ward in the right corner of the end zone to cut the lead to 14-7 with 1:26 left.
The Eagles tried to answer with another score, driving the ball inside the New Kent 6 with 17.3 seconds left. A pair of penalties forced Jamestown to settle for a field-goal attempt. Marcel Schwartz's 31-yard try fell just short of the crossbar as Jamestown maintained a 14-7 halftime lead.
New Kent tried to sway momentum to start the third quarter with an onside kick, but the Eagles recovered at midfield. The Eagles responded with a 10-play, 50-yard drive that was capped by Doane's 2-yard run for a 21-7 lead with 9:52 left in the quarter.
The Trojans answered as Mike Chalmers rumbled 13 yards on a fourth-and-1 play, carrying three defenders with him into the end zone, to trim the lead to 21-14 with five minutes left in the quarter.
Doane quelled any comeback attempt on the Eagles' next play from scrimmage. The senior quarterback scored on a perfectly executed read-option play and rumbled 76 yards for a score to put Jamestown up 28-14 with 4:40 left.
Schwartz notched his first career field goal, from 25 yards with 6:54 left in the fourth quarter, to build the lead to 31-14.
New Kent wouldn't quit, as Kevin Karaffa hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Mechling. The extra point was blocked as Jamestown still led 31-20.
That would be as close as the Trojans would get, as Mark Lipscomb iced the game with a 5-yard touchdown run.
JAMESTOWN 37, NEW KENT 20
New Kent 0, 7, 7,6 - 20
Jamestown 7, 7, 14, 9 - 38