— Jamestown entered Friday's football showdown with Warhill with the Bay Rivers District's leading passer, Tyler Doane.
But it was the Eagles' prowess in the running game that stole the show, racking up 342 yards en route to a 34-20 victory over Warhill in the Lions' homecoming game at Wanner Stadium.
Mark Lipscomb rushed for a career-high 114 yards on six carries and scored two touchdowns. Daivon Turner added 102 yards on the ground. Stas Szczepanski added 94 yards and a season-high three touchdowns in the win.
Jamestown (3-5, 3-4 district) got things started early, scoring on the first drive of the game. Szczepanski and Turner alternated carries during a six-play, 51-yard drive that culminated in a 10-yard run from Szczepanski. Marcel Schwarz's extra point was good and Jamestown led 7-0 with 9:15 left.
Warhill (1-7, 1-6) answered after a great play on special teams. Jake Eubanks stopped C.J. Eubanks on a sweep to the left on fourth-and-3 near midfield to give the Lions good field position. Two plays later, Keron Dedmon faked a handoff to Austin Parrott and raced 47 yards up the middle for a touchdown.
Jamestown answered as Braxton Miller blocked Michael Conway's extra-point attempt to keep the Eagles ahead 7-6.
After trading possessions for most of the first half, the Eagles put together a scoring drive with 3:04 left. Jamestown marched 50 yards on nine plays, capped by Szczepanski's 3-yard touchdown run. Lipscomb set up the run with a 22-yard burst around left tackle.
Warhill tried to answer just before halftime, marching to the 10-yard line with 8 seconds left. But Conway's 37-yard field-goal attempt with 4 seconds left was short.
The Lions regrouped at halftime and put together a strong opening drive. Parrott started with a 53-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage. Three plays later, Parrott found the end zone on a cutback move for an 18-yard score. Allen Standforo hit the extra point to trim the lead to 14-13 with 10:15 left in the third quarter.
Jamestown had a chance to extend its lead midway through the quarter, as Turner forced a fumble and recovered it at the Warhill 21 with six minutes left. After a pair of dropped passes, the Eagles tried a halfback option. Szczepanski rolled to his left and heaved a throw into the end zone. Dedmon outleaped J.J. Boyd in the end zone for a touchback.
After little success through the air, Jamestown returned to the ground and it paid off. A 30-yard punt return from Zach Pennycuff gave the Eagles a first-and-10 from the Warhill 18. Three players later, Lipscomb scored on a sweep around right tackle to give his team a 21-13 lead with 8:24 left.
Szczepanski then rumbled 34 yards for his third touchdown of the game to put Jamestown up 27-13 with 6:45 left.
Warhill didn't back down. Dedmon scored from 21 yards to cap a 10-play, 85-yard drive to make it a one-possession game at 28-20 with 2:10 left.
Michael Keesee recovered the onside kick for Jamestown to prevent a comeback. Lipscomb put the game away on the next play from scrimmage, rumbling 50 yards around right end to seal the win.
Dedmon led Warhill with 122 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Parrott finished with 97 yards on the ground for the Lions, who were without leading rusher Devonte Dedmon for the second straight game.
JAMESTOWN 34, WARHILL 20