Jimmies open road slate attempting to go to 3-0 at Briar Cliff
The Jimmies will to kickstart their run game against a team that has given up 306 yards per game on the ground this season.
JAMESTOWN — When the University of Jamestown takes the field at Briar Cliff University they will attempt to go 3-0 for the first time since 2007.
The Jimmies and Chargers kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Memorial Field.
The Jimmies come into the game off of a 34-30 win over Dakota Wesleyan on Sept. 3. The Chargers are coming off a 35-13 loss to Dordt University on Sept. 3. Despite the Jimmies coming in undefeated and the Chargers coming into this game winless, Jimmies head coach Brian Mistro said his team is not overlooking the Chargers.
The Jimmies did get some good news heading into the game against the Chargers as punter Izaak Myles had his automatic targeting suspension overturned from his ejection during the fourth quarter on Sept. 3. The Jimmies will, however, be without cornerback Rashawn Benners for the first half after he had his targeting suspension upheld.
“It’s gonna get me going for sure,” Benners said. “Sitting that out is definitely going to get my blood boiling so once that second half comes we’re going to be ready to go.”
The last time these two teams met, the Chargers got a 41-38 win behind three fourth-quarter touchdowns on Oct. 23, 2021. Prior to the loss to the Chargers, the Jimmies were 3-0 in the series history dating back to 2018.
This season, the Chargers have 416 yards through the air, which Mistro looks at as something the Jimmies have to be cognizant of.
“So, for us, it’s going to be a test in the secondary and all of our pass drops and our pass coverage stuff and it’s just making sure we gotta keep them in front of us and we have to make tackles in the open field against those guys,” Mistro said.
One of the Jimmies' best wide receivers is Isaiah Roebuck, who is tied with teammate Javon Bowie-Monteiro and Chargers receiver Aaron Okoro for most receiving touchdowns in the conference with three.
“It’s not really a competition but we (Roebuck and Bowie-Monteiro) work on our craft and try to get better every day and as a receiver group, we’ve been doing that since the summer,” Roebuck said. “We’ve both been grinding, all the wide receivers have been grinding, we’re ready to go, it doesn’t matter what day it is, we are ready to go.”
Through the first two games of the season, the Jimmies have rushed for 139 yards per game and given up 469 yards on the ground. The Chargers have rushed for 41.5 yards per game and have given up 306 rushing yards per game. Mistro said the Jimmies have to get better at finishing tackles in order to stop the run better than they have through the first two games.
“Tackling is going to be a huge point of emphasis because that’s what ends up happening, you have to make tackles in the open field, in open space and that’s what we weren’t doing a very good job of in the first half against Dakota Wesleyan,” Mistro said.
The Jimmies have been making big plays through the air with 279.5 yards per game, and the Chargers have given up 204 passing yards per game. The Chargers offense has 416 total yards receiving this season. Benners said one of his keys to the game is to limit the impact that the Chargers' passing attack can have on the contest.
“We have to take away for sure number 16 (Okoro), he’s their tall guy, and then don’t let them get the quick slants off that they like getting off,” Benners said. “Just get behind there and get our D-line back there to make that QB get out there and leave the pocket. I feel like he’s not a QB that likes to scramble a lot.”
Mistro said the biggest key for his team to succeed is to stay locked in and not let up.
“I think consistency comes with focus, so for us, we’ve been talking a lot about focus and consistency,” Mistro said. “We know we have the ability to make big plays and do good things on offense and defense we need to do them consistently. When we don’t do them it’s probably because of a lack of focus, so if we can stay focused the entire game and be consistent with our plays then I think we will be just fine.”