Immediate Intensity: Jays look to open strong against Huskies
Jamestown High School tries to make sure it outworks opponents every week on the football field.
Having allowed opposing offenses to an average of just under 12 points per game this season seems to indicate the Blue Jays have been doing their job. Jamestown hosts Wahpeton tonight at 7 in a battle between No. 3 and No. 4 in Class 2A.
"We just gotta come out and give it everything we've got all the time," Jamestown junior safety Jared Kallenbach said. "That's been our motto all year."
The Jays (4-2) soared past Valley City 42-6 last Friday for the Iron Helmet. Jamestown sophomore quarterback Tommy Falk, who will start under center tonight, ignited Jamestown's passing attack with 178 yards and two touchdowns.
The Huskies (4-2) are coming off an emotional win against fifth-ranked Devils Lake (4-2) in Wahpeton last week. The game saw six overtimes before the Huskies were finally declared the winner, 48-46.
"They're a tremendously physical football team, and if you let them get out and gain some steam they're going to have some success," Jamestown coach Bill Nelson said. "After a big win like that you can play it two different ways. You can say they had a six-overtime game and they're going to be tired and worn out, or you flip sides and say they're going to have a lot of extra juice in the tank after beating a real good team and getting a W."
Wahpeton all-state senior running back Aaron Deike shines behind a physical offensive line. Deike racked up 168 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries against the Firebirds.
Nelson said he's generally been pleased with his team's overall effort this season, but added the Jays need to bring the fire the minute the ball is in the air.
"We've challenged the kids all week. We seem to come out and play to the level of whoever we're playing, and then we start to crank things up," Nelson said. "We can't have that. We're at the time now where every week's a must win."
The Blue Jays finish the regular season on the road in the coming weeks with games at Devils Lake and Grafton. The top six of Class 2A's 10 teams qualify for the playoffs.
"We all know we gotta be better every week," Kallenbach said. "So, every practice is important and we feel like we should have a good end to the year."
"Play to our potential, not to what the other team is," Nelson added. "Wahpeton will be another physical battle, and if you like the game of football you better like a physical football game."