Jimmies go down to Concordia looking to start winning streak
The Jimmies are trying to get their fourth win of the season for the first time since 2016.
JAMESTOWN — Fresh off a commanding win to get to 3-3 on the season, the University of Jamestown makes the trek down to Concordia University (Neb.) with the goal of coming home with a two-game winning streak.
The two teams face off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Concordia’s Bulldog Stadium. The Jimmies are coming off a 41-17 win over Doane University on Oct. 1. The Bulldogs got their first win of the season with a 20-12 victory against Dakota Wesleyan University on Oct. 1 to move to 1-3 on the season.
During the Bulldogs' win over the Tigers, the team relied heavily upon wide receiver Korrell Koehlmoos, who had 15 receptions for 110 yards and three touchdowns. This season, Koehlmoos and the Bulldogs' offense are averaging 208 passing yards per game and 101 rushing yards per game.
“I think the strength of their team is (Koehlmoos) and throwing the ball to him,” Jimmies head coach Brian Mistro said. “You’re probably looking at a little bit more of they’re gonna play to their strengths as much as keeping you on edge with running the football too. But I think if (Koehlmoos) is not doing what they want him to do and he’s getting taken away by our secondary then I think you’re gonna see them run the ball a little bit.”
Mistro said his keys to the game are to contain their targets in Koehlmoos and force them to go their second options. This season, the Bulldogs have seven offensive touchdowns with five of them being caught by Koehlmoos.
“They’re a very talented group of guys,” Mistro said. “It’s just a matter of containing some of their playmakers and doing what we’ve done the last couple weeks and that’s just not giving up the big play on defense and creating the big play on offense. I think if we can do that we’re going to be in a good spot.”
Despite the Jimmies struggling with consistency after a 2-0 start to the season, Mistro said he doesn’t care what others from the outside looking in think of his team.
“That’s one of the things I really enjoy about our team, we don’t care about who we’re playing and we don’t care what other people think about us," he said. "If we focus on us and control what we can control, which is our effort and our attitude and our execution and our preparation every single day, then I think it doesn’t matter who we play. We’re going to be a good football team.”
On the offensive side of the ball, the Jimmies are averaging 250 yards per game through the air and the Bulldogs defensively are giving up 185.3 passing yards per game.
“We throw the ball,” Jimmies wide receiver Isaiah Roebuck said. “We don’t really care, they have to defend us at the end of the day. They adjust to us not the other way around.”
This season, the Jimmies have had four different leading receivers in their six games, which Mistro said is more of Jimmies quarterback Cade Torgerson finding the open receiver rather than a specific game plan.
Heading into the game against the Bulldogs, Jimmies kicker Aanon Peterson is 5 for 6 on field goals and 15 for 16 on extra points. During the Jimmies' win over the Tigers, Peterson was called upon to throw a pass on a fake field goal attempt but the pass fell incomplete.
“Obviously there is a lot of pressure having a very large individual run his fastest speed at you but you kind of gotta focus on the ball and get through it,” Peterson said.
The Jimmies and Bulldogs have played four times since 2018, with the Bulldogs owning a 3-1 record and a two-game winning streak. The Bulldogs have outscored the Jimmies 73-43 in the series.
“They beat us the last two years running the same offense that we’re running,” Mistro said. “So, I don’t think their game plan is going to be much different. I just think we’ve progressed and we’re a better team than we have been in the past. If I’m them there is nothing to really change, you tell your kids, ‘Hey we’ve done this before. We’ve beaten these guys doing what we do. So let’s go out there and execute and do it.’ So, that’s what we’re telling our guys, ‘You’re not going to see anything crazy different. We just have to execute better than they do.’ That’s why football is fun.”