Jimmies close season todayHaving two bye weeks during a season is pretty atypical at any level of football. Jamestown College had two this season, however, and the second came at a good time said coach Shawn Frank.
By: By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Having two bye weeks during a season is pretty atypical at any level of football.
Jamestown College had two this season, however, and the second came at a good time said coach Shawn Frank.
“We were pretty beat up after Dakota State, so to be honest, it couldn’t have come at a better time,” he said.
The extra time off appears to have served a good purpose as all hands are expected to be on deck for today’s season finale against Mayville State.
The 35-34 overtime loss to the Trojans two weeks ago ended any chance at a .500 season, but 4-6 would feel a lot better than a third straight 3-7 campaign, although Frank said they aren’t approaching today’s 1 p.m. contest at Rollie Greeno Field any differently.
“Whether it’s Game 1 of the season or the last game, we don’t want to get caught up in anything other than what it’s going to take for us to be successful. … And like any other week that’s going to take a complete football game in all three phases,” Frank said.
As the season finishes today, Frank is pleased with the overall direction of the program. There have been bright spots, but clearly work remains to be done.
“Ultimately, we’re all judged by the win-loss column, so regardless of what happens (Saturday), we have areas we have to improve and we all understand that,” Frank said. “There will be a time and place to look back more thoroughly, but we still have one more game to play and we want to play well and finish strong.”
The Comets (5-5) have plenty to play for. A victory would give them a winning season, which would be quite an achievement for coach Derek Schlieve’s team. Prior to last season’s 5-6 record, Mayville State had won just six games the previous four seasons combined.
The Comets will come in confident. They beat Dakota State 34-33 in Madison, S.D., last week. They also led for much of the game when they hosted Jamestown College Sept. 29 before the Jimmies scored late and held on for a 21-20 win.
Considering the weather conditions are expected to be poor, running the ball will likely be critical and both teams have a strong 1-2 punch.
Lance Johansen and Matt Mithaugen have combined for nearly 1,200 yards rushing for the Jimmies, while Dominique Bradley and Jerril Jenkins have teamed for over 1,300 yards. Bradley has nearly 900 himself and 10 touchdowns.
“We’re expecting a four-quarter battle,” Frank said. “Anything less would be a surprise.”
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org