Early on last season, Carson Bane emerged as a standout for Jamestown, helping the Red Raiders to the Section VI Class A championship.
Right from the get-go this season he's been a marked man and the results are still coming for the senior running back.
Bane is running strong for Jamestown, which returned to Class AA action with a 35-6 win at Niagara Falls on Saturday afternoon.
"He's just got great speed and power," coach Tom Langworthy said. "He's got great vision, gets north/south through the hole and it's always great to see that."
The Red Raiders are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in Class AA as they move on after the graduation of four-year starting quarterback Trey Drake. After beating Section III's Baldwinsville in the opener, Jamestown controlled Saturday's game most of the way and kept the Wolverines off the scoreboard until the final minute.
"We played a hard-nosed game," Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy said. "We played well but we still have some work to do. You've got to be happy when you win and all the mistakes we made are correctable."
They move up a class but faced three Class AA teams last year (Lancaster, Orchard Park and Niagara Falls) and other in Frontier, which also moved from Class A to Class AA this year.
"We're used of the coaching in AA, most of our year's we've been in AA," Langworthy said. "You play the hand that you’re dealt and see what you can do."
Bane finished 10th in all of Section VI last year with 1,174 yards and added 16 touchdowns. He ran for 135 yards and three TDs in Jamestown's season-opening win over Baldwinsville.
The Red Raiders will look to continue their winning ways on Friday with a trip to Williamsville East for a non-league contest. But so far so good for Bane and Jamestown.
“It’s been great,” he said. “I like this team and it's been going well. We’ve got a lot of talent on this team and I think we’re going to be real good this year.”