Coming Together: JHS handles Wahpeton at Ernie Gates
Jamestown High School's offense has developed a second dimension.
Sophomore quarterback Tommy Falk looked comfortable in the pocket for a second straight week Friday, and the Blue Jay offense erupted at Ernie Gates Field. Falk tossed for 217 yards and a touchdown in a convincing 35-8 win over Wahpeton.
"I've been feeling great and the line's been giving me time," said Falk, who turned in 178 yards passing and two scores through the air in last week's 42-6 win at Valley City. "They've done a great job and the receivers have gotten open for me."
Falk hit six different receivers against the Huskies, which included a 39-yard flea flicker to senior Aaron Bredeson on the opening play of the game. Jamestown scored 20 unanswered and led 14-0 at the half.
Senior running back Jared Harr kept his fine season rolling, rushing for 109 yards and his eighth and ninth touchdowns of the fall on 22 carries. Falk also rushed for 32 yards and a score.
"Tommy did a great job, I'm not gonna lie, but I'm going to give the big boys up front some love," Jamestown coach Bill Nelson said. "That's the best they've blocked all year."
Jamestown put up 471 yards off offense, while holding Wahpeton to just 154. Jamestown allowed 125 yards rushing to Wahpeton senior all-state running back Aaron Deike, including a third-quarter, 51-yard TD run accounting for the Huskies' only score.
"We came out and wanted to show our dominance and prove how good our o-line is. We proved that tonight I think," Jamestown junior guard Carson Kennelly said. "We gave Tommy time to throw the ball and it obviously showed what we can do as a group offensively"
Falk found sophomore Jeremy Williams in the corner of the end zone on a tipped pass for a 9-yard TD connection late in the second quarter. Williams also stepped up defensively after the break.
The sophomore corner recorded a tackle for loss and picked off Wahpeton quarterback Hunter Berg on back-to-back plays 5 minutes into the third. It was one of three forced turnovers by the Blue Jays in the second half, as Raymond Dunn and Parker Stockert both came up with fumble recoveries.
"The seniors knew this was their last (regular season) home game and it was extremely important," Nelson said. "But we want more home games. We got another big one next week up in Devils Lake for their homecoming and they're going to put up a great battle."
Devils Lake (5-2) defeated Grafton 21-6 Friday night, locking the Blue Jays (5-2) into the playoffs for the first time since 2013. A win against the Firebirds this Saturday would sew up the No. 3 seed in the division.
"I'm proud of every single person in that locker room," Nelson said. "Everybody stayed together and special things are on the horizon."
The Blue Jays wrap up the regular season at Grafton on Oct. 21.
"Just keep pushing and playing like we do, even get better," Kennelly said. "Play as a family."
Jamestown 35, Wahpeton 8
J, Jared Harr 5 run (Connor Fuchs kick), 4:52.
J: Jeremy Williams 9 pass from Tommy Falk (Fuchs kick good), 2:08.
J: Falk 1 run (kick failed), 8:12.
W: Aaron Deike 51 run (Jake Pfaff run), 5:16.
J: Brandon Dallmann 14 run (Jared Kallenbach run), 0:50.
J: Harr 2 run (Fuchs kick), 8:05.
Passing: J, Falk 13-18-1 217 yards, 1 TD; W, Hunter Berg 1-5-1 2 yards, Devin Wichael 0-1-0.
Rushing: J, Harr 22-109, Dallmann 8-45, Zach Petrek 9-41, Falk 4-32, Chris Sayler 4-19, Lawson Frey 1-7, Aaron Bredeson 2-1. W, Deike 24-125, Berg 6-20, Jake Pfaff 2-8, Tanner Thiel 1-(-1).
Receiving: J, Kallenbach 3-46, Bredeson 3-44, Harr 2-42, Fuchs 1-37, Marcus Hochhalter 2-26, Williams 2-22. W, Chris Thiel 1-2.
Sacks: J, Tate Orr.
TFL: J, Orr, Williams, Harr.
Fumble recoveries: J, Raymond Dunn, Parker Stockert.
Interceptions: J, Williams; W, Deike.
Records: Jamestown 5-2; Wahpeton 4-3.