The Midland Warriors defeated the University of Jamestown on Saturday 33-22. The loss drops the Jimmies record to 2-2 on the season and 2-1 in the GPAC. The win for the Warriors improves their record to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the GPAC.
After the defense picked up the Jimmies offense with a pick with 10 minutes to go in the first quarter, it took two plays for the offense to respond with a thank you in the form of a 40-yard pitch and catch from Cade Torgerson to Frankie Ingraldi to make the score 7-0.
On the next drive of the game, an offsides call on UJ extended a Warriors drive and they made the Jimmies pay with a Dalton Tremayne 20-yard touchdown in which he danced his way out of tackles to tie the game up at 7-7.
Torgerson got hit as he threw and underthrew the ball to Micah Madyun who came back and dove for the ball in the endzone, putting the Jimmies up 14-7.
WIth 14:07 to go in the first half, Steve Justice of the Jimmies caught a pass, lowered his head and got tackled. As a result of him lowering his helmet, Justice was ejected from the game due to targeting. Despite the call, Justice was allowed to remain on the sidelines something that head coach Brian Mistro thinks helped his team Saturday.
“Here’s the deal, Steve got on the sideline and he was the biggest hype man that we had. That just shows his character and the type of person that he is,” Mistro said. “So yeah, getting him out of the game sucks and it’s not very fun but he held his own and did exactly what we needed him to do in the new role that he had to play today.”
On the next drive after the targeting call, a Jimmie fumble recovery was erased due to an inadvertent whistle by the referees, drawing an outraged response from the crowd in attendance. However, two plays later the Jimmies got a turnover that was not taken away when Jordan Olson got his second pick of the day.
With 4:45 to go in the second quarter, the UJ offense went for it on 4th and 13 and Torgerson threw it right over the middle to the waiting hands of Christian Rodriguez, who returned the ball for 40 yards to the UJ side of the field. Midland was going for a big completion to get into field goal range at the end of the first half but a tipped pass found the waiting arms of Rob Anderson to finish and preserve the Jimmies' 14-13 lead.
Coming out of the half the Warriors got the ball and drove down the field for a touchdown catch from Kenneth Carr II to give the Warriors their first lead of the game, 20-14. After a punt from the Jimmies, Midland made plays down the field and stretched their lead out to 26-14.
After a pass interference call on the first two-point attempt, they failed to convert on the run up the middle. The crowd erupted as on the drive post-touchdown, Torgerson aired it out to Javon Bowie-Mon for a 40-yard reception. However, the drive would end in a turnover on downs.
Three plays after that, Tremayne got a handoff, found the corner and took the ball 91 yards to the house to make it 33-14. A fourth-down desperation flip to Madyun from Torgerson went 51 yards to set the Jimmies up where they managed to convert on fourth and goal thanks to a catch from Bowie-Mon. The JImmies went for two and got it to bring the score to within 11 points with 7:57 to go in the fourth quarter.
One of the big players in the game Saturday was Midland's running back Tremayne, who finished with a game-high 204 yards on the ground, including the aforementioned 92-yard run.
“The reason I knew I was (touchdown bound), was because I didn’t want the film session tomorrow to say I got hawked,” Tremayne said. “That was a little bit of motivation to kick it up a notch.”
The Jimmies find themselves back in action on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Doane University with kickoff set for 1 p.m. The Warriors are set to get back in action on Oct 2 when they face off against Morningside University.