Jimmies shutout by No. 13 Dickinson State
DICKINSON, N.D.—University of Jamestown's second game of the season didn't start well and got worse prior to halftime Saturday at Henry Biesiot Activities Center.
Trailing 13th-ranked Dickinson State University 21-0 after the opening quarter, the Jimmies' junior running back Allen Jevning suffered a left ankle injury in the second quarter and was seen on crutches to start the third. The Blue Hawks rolled past the Jimmies 51-0, pushing Dickinson State's winning streak over Jamestown to 15 games.
"I haven't talked to the trainers yet," Jimmie head coach Josh Kittell said of Jevning after the game. "Right now it's an ankle and we move on."
The Jimmies will want to move on quickly. The Blue Hawks scored on their first three offensive possessions of the game, putting Jamestown in what felt like an insurmountable deficit with still three quarters to play.
Dickinson State took advantage of enviable field position, bookending scoring drives of 51 and 53 yards with a one-play, 65-yard touchdown pass from Dickinson State's Hayden Gibson to Randy Ivey. Gibson, a junior from Bismarck, racked up 257 passing yards and four touchdown passes to four different receivers.
"We just didn't make the plays when we had opportunities to make plays," Kittell said. "We had opportunities in one-on-one situations and we didn't finish. (Dickinson State's) a good football team, and when you don't finish and execute you get embarrassed and that's what happened today."
The Hawks' secondary was as good as advertised. All-American safety Cain Boschee picked off Jimmie quarterback Jordan Mann in the second quarter giving the senior 20 career interceptions, four away from the Dickinson State record.
"Tremendous player. Great ball skills," Dickinson State head coach Pete Stanton said of Boschee. "Ever since we've had him since his freshman year, one thing we saw right away when the ball's in the air he's just got tremendous skills to go get it."
Mann, also a former Bismarck High quarterback, and the Jimmie offense struggled to sustain drives. Mann was picked off twice and completed only five of 20 passing attempts for 65 yards. Running back Jimmy Hatch gathered 68 yards on 17 carries for the Jimmies.
"Too many operational mistakes. Too many misreads," Kittell said. "By far it wasn't (Mann's) best performance. He'd be the first to tell you that, but it wasn't all on him by no means. He's a tough kid and we've gotta bounce back next week."
Dickinson State, playing its first game of 2018, put together a second 21-point quarter in the third. The Jimmies rushed the ball 42 times in the game for 121 yards one week after rushing for 231 yards and three scores to reclaim the Paint Bucket Trophy from Valley City State, 28-26.
"We're very happy with the win," Stanton said. "We were, obviously, real concerned with how well (Jamestown) ran the ball and what they did to Valley City. We were happy with the way we played defense today."
Jamestown was 5 of 16 on third downs and 1 of 3 on fourth downs, and committed six penalties for 54 yards. Dickinson State finished with 439 yards of total offense.
Jamestown (1-1) now voyages into its Great Plains Athletic Conference portion of the schedule. The Jimmies host seventh-ranked Northwestern College (Iowa) next Saturday, Sept. 8, at Rollie Greeno Field.
"We went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows," Kittell said. "You've got to look back and evaluate what you did differently this week. We've got to change it and we've gotta get it out of our program, because if we're not locked in and do what we need to do for an entire week Saturday's are gonna get ugly, especially when you play good teams."
(13) Dickinson State 51, Jamestown 0
UJ 0 0 0 0 -- 0
DS 21 0 21 9 -- 51
DS: Nick Miller 2 run (Cody Johnson kick), 9:10.
DS: Randy Ivey 65 pass from Hayden Gibson (Johnson kick), 5:11.
DS: Jarett Lee 59 pass from Gibson (Johnson kick), :51.
DS: Amad Andrews 7 run (Johnson kick), 13:38.
DS: Tyger Frye 31 pass from Gibson (Johnson kick), 8:05.
DS: Seth Moerkerke 24 pass from Gibson (Johnson kick), 3:42.
DS: Reece Hoherz sack, safety, 7:27
DS: Derek Tabor 3 run (Johnson kick),, :49
TOTAL YARDS: UJ 186 (65 passing); DS 439 (257 passing).
RUSHING: UJ, Jimmy Hatch 17-68, Josiah Cage 10-26, Allen Jevning 3-23, 6-23. DS, Amad Andrews Jr. 11-61, Derek Tabor 10-46, Roderick Ashford 6-35, Jameson Crisafulli 8-23, Nick Miller 8-23.
PASSING: UJ, Jordan Mann 5-20-2 65. DS, Hayden Gibson 10-16-0 257.
RECEIVING: UJ, Jevning 2-13, Cage 1-30, Marcus Giles 1-20, Hatch 1-2. DS, Tyger Frye 4-46, Randy Ivey 3-87, Jarett Lee 1-57, Adrian Hughes-Tovar 1-43, Seth Moerkerke 1-24.
INTERCEPTIONS: DS, Cain Boschee, Kevin Brown.
RECORDS: Dickinson State 1-0. Jamestown 1-1.