Long day for Blue Jays at the BowlIt was a night to forget. The Jamestown High School football team was no match for top-ranked and unbeaten Bismarck High as the Demons scored on every possession in the first half, eventually posting a 62-6 West Region win Friday night at the Bismarck Community Bowl.
By: Sun Staff, The Jamestown Sun
It was a night to forget.
The Jamestown High School football team was no match for top-ranked and unbeaten Bismarck High as the Demons scored on every possession in the first half, eventually posting a 62-6 West Region win Friday night at the Bismarck Community Bowl.
In response to the Blue Jays putting eight players near the line of scrimmage to contain standout running back Layne Johs, the Demons chose to go to the air early.
Bismarck’s Brett Adam caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Ben Jolliffe just 3 minutes into the game and the latter added a 1-yard score 3 minutes later to get Bismarck out front. Jolliffe completed 6-of-9 passes in the game for 144 yards.
Three first half turnovers didn’t do the Blue Jays any favors, as Bismarck turned each one of them into touchdowns. Jolliffe hooked up with Tyler Unruh for a 36-yard score and Riley Plant plunged in from a yard out to cap first-quarter scoring in which Bismarck led 28-0.
Johs had a pair of TDs in the second quarter and finished with 159 yards including an 82-yard score. He received just eight carries. Bismarck’s Coltin Marquardt got the most work, rushing 14 times for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Bismarck led 55-0 at halftime.
The Blue Jays have shown some big-play ability at times this year, and that was evident in the third quarter when senior quarterback Matt Grounds found senior wideout Sean Lindberg on a 53-yard touchdown strike in the third quarter to spoil the shutout.
Bismarck amassed 373 of its 452 total yards in the first half. The Demons (6-0 overall, 3-0 region) rushed for 308 yards as a team.
Jamestown moved the ball better in the second half against the Demons’ reserves, but still wasn’t able to muster many big plays outside of the touchdown. The offense ran 22 times for 10 yards. Through the air, Grounds was 3-of-5 for 71 yards.
The Blue Jays (1-5, 1-3) are back in action on Friday when they play host to Grand Forks Central, set for 7 p.m. at Ernie Gates Field.
Bismarck High 62, Jamestown 6
Bismarck 28 55 62 62
Jamestown 0 0 6 6
B — Brett Adam 46 pass from Ben Jolliffe (kick failed), 9:14.
B — Jolliffe 1 run (pass failed), 6:28.
B — Safety, 5:32.
B — Tyler Unruh 36 pass from Jolliffe (Tyler Clairmont kick), 4:00.
B — Riley Plant 1 run (Clairmont kick), 0:30.
B — Layne Johs 2 run (Clairmont kick), 11:27
B — Johs 82 run (Clairmont kick), 8:44.
B — Lee Braunagel 7 run (Clairmont kick), 8:11.
B — Coltin Marquardt 1 run (kick failed), 1:36.
J — Sean Lindberg 53 pass from Matt Grounds (kick failed), 5:38.
B — Alex Seibel 10 fumble return (Clairmont kick), 8:10.
Rushing 10 308
Passing 71 144
Total 81 452
Rushing — J, Anthony Cook 17-18, Eathan Gumke 3-4, Joey Gebhardt 1-(-5), Grounds 1-(-7). B, Johs 8-159, Marquardt 14-89, Kole Bauer 1-13, Josh Seibel 2-11, Blake Murphy 4-11, Braunagel 1-7, Hunter DelaBarre 1-6, Alex Seibel 3-6, Jolliffe 3-5, Plant 1-1.
Passing — J, Grounds 3-5-0 71, Gebhardt 0-2-0. B, Jolliffe 6-9-0 144, Bauer 0-1-0 0.
Receiving — J, Lindberg 1-53, C.J. Soulis 1-13, Tyler Ukestad 1-5. B, Brett Adam 1-46, Tyler Unruh 1-36, Plant 1-27, Nick Goulet 2-24, Johs 1-11.
Records: Bismarck 6-0 overall, 4-0 West Region; Jamestown 1-5 overall, 1-3 West Region.