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Jimmies hoping trust leads to home finale win over Hastings

The Jimmies are trying to avoid losing three games in a row for the second time this season.

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Jimmies wide receiver Isaiah Roebuck (11) prepares to catch a ball against defensive back Hershell Jefferson (21) during practice at the Jimmie Turf Field on Oct. 19, 2022.
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JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown heads into its final home game of the season looking to save the possibility of finishing the season with a winning record.

The 3-5 Jimmies host Hastings College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Charlotte and Gordon Hansen Stadium. The Jimmies and Broncos have played four times since 2018 with the teams splitting the four matchups. In last year’s matchup, the Jimmies mounted a late comeback to get a 32-28 win over the Broncos.

“They present a great challenge, anytime you play a team that’s 6 and 2 in the GPAC, they’re 6 and 2 for a reason, and to be honest with you, you can’t look at that and say it’s an easy game just because we beat them last year,” Jimmies head coach Brian Mistro said. “Last year’s so far gone out of my brain that no, our guys have to be ready to play a winning GPAC team when they come to Rollie Greeno Field.”

Jimmies wide receiver Steve Justice said he wants to finish his home career with a bang.

“It’s something I take pride in because it’s a possibility that this could be my last game on this field and this is something that I’ve poured my heart into for the last four years,” senior wide receiver Steve Justice said. “I’m gonna make sure we go out on a good note and so is the rest of my team.”

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In order to get the win over the Broncos, Mistro emphasized the need for his team to not second guess themselves and the game and to have faith that they will be able to do it.

“We watched film and a lot of the things that we’re making mistakes on are because we’re either not trusting our teammates, trusting our reads or trusting the play call,” Mistro said. “Whatever the situation is, we found it was a lot more trusting what’s going on in front of you compared to trying to do too much. So, trust yourself to do your job and not try to do anybody else’s. So, trust is a big word this week.”

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The Jimmies are coming off a 59-7 loss to No.1-ranked Morningside University on Oct. 15. The Broncos are heading into the game after a 14-9 win over Doane University on Oct. 15.

Mistro said he looks for the Broncos to play tough defense and show off their toughness in this game.

The Broncos are passing for 179.4 yards per game, with quarterback John Zamora throwing for 1,434 yards and 15 touchdowns, and six interceptions. The Jimmies are giving up 259.4 passing yards per game and 15 passing touchdowns. In order for the Jimmies to prevent Zamora and the Broncos from having a big day, Jimmies defensive back Isaac Thompson said his team needs to wrap up better than they did against Morningside.

“Make tackles, we struggled last week making tackles but this week we’re going to make those tackles and do our job,” Thompson said.

In total, the Broncos are averaging 307.3 yards per game and 24.4 points per game. The team’s longest play of the campaign was a 76-yard completion from Zamora to wide receiver Garrett Esch for a touchdown against Briar Cliff on Oct. 1. When explaining what the Jimmies' defense as a whole has to do to stop the Broncos, Mistro brought it back to the trust that they need to have.

“If you see big plays happening on the Hastings side, it’s because we’re not trusting ourselves and it’s not going to be so much of what they can do and what they can’t do, the focus has been the same the whole year,” Mistro said. “The focus is on us, do you trust yourself to do the job that you’ve been asked to do or not.”

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Defensively, the Broncos are giving up 232 passing yards per game and 15 passing touchdowns. On the other side, the Jimmies' offense is averaging 242.6 passing yards per game and quarterback Cade Torgerson has thrown for 1,898 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

“Honestly, I feel like we can throw the ball with success against anybody,” Justice said. “It’s just a matter of us executing to the best of our ability. So, I think that’s what we’re going to do this weekend and I do believe that we can do that against anybody. So, we’re gonna go out this weekend and we’re going to believe in each other, we’re going to trust each other and we’re going to go and throw that ball all over the field.”

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Jimmies head coach Brian Mistro teaches his team during practice while wide receiver Steve Justice (9) looks on at the Jimmie Turf Field on Oct. 19, 2022
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