Jimmies return home trying to pull off upset over Morningside
The Jimmies have been outscored 201-155 so far this season.
JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown returns home attempting to do something they have not done since October 2004 — knock off a ranked team. The Jimmies will try to do just that at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, when they host No.1-ranked Morningside University.
“You’re playing the No. 1 team in the country. They scored eight touchdowns in the first half last week,” Jimmies head coach Brian Mistro said. “For us, it has nothing to do with focusing on what they do as much as what we can do to get them out of what they want. So for us, it’s still the same idea, on defense we need to eliminate the big play and on offense we need to maximize our opportunities to create the big plays because that’s the kind of thing you’re gonna need against a good team like this, creating turnovers, creating big plays and having big plays on offense as well.”
The Jimmies and the Mustangs have played five times all time with the Mustangs owning a 5-0 record. The two teams matched up last year with the Mustangs winning 70-7.
“I think it would be a statement-maker for us in the GPAC,” Jimmies linebacker Aaron Mack said. “The confidence it would give the guys not only this year but going into next year and the offseason would be a really big confidence boost.”
The Jimmies are coming off a 30-15 loss to Concordia on Oct. 15. The Mustangs are coming of a 70-17 win over Hastings on Oct. 8. This season, the Jimmies are 3-0 when scoring first and 1-3 when giving up the first points of the game.
“We have to be able to make sure our guys are prepared to get off,” Mistro said. “That’s on us as coaches, when they come down on the field they have to be ready to go and I think maybe we weren’t ready to go (against Concordia) and that lays on me. Then again, we showed spurts where we can play with anybody across the entire year, we came back in the fourth quarter a little bit, showed that we can do some things, we just need to do it more consistently and be focused on it the entire time.”
On the offensive side of the ball, the Jimmies are averaging 334.7 yards per game with 251.9 passing yards. Jimmies quarterback Cade Torgerson has looked to wide receiver Micah Madyun more than any other receiver on the team, as the junior wideout has 43 receptions for 335 yards and two touchdowns.
“We’re a high-powered offense so just play to our strengths on offense,” Madyun said. “I mean, they’re a good team, they play a lot of cover four so we just have to make sure we pick that apart.”
The Mustangs' offense is averaging 522.2 yards per game with 393.8 passing yards per game. The Mustangs quarterback Joe Dolincheck has completed 69% of his passes for 1,873 yards, 22 touchdowns and one interception.
“He’s just another guy, another quarterback, so even he can make mistakes,” Mack said. “So, we’re gonna make him get in uncomfortable positions he doesn’t want to be in and pick him off from that.”
The Jimmies played another top-five team earlier this season against No. 4-ranked Northwestern College. In that game, Madyun was held to four receptions for six yards. Madyun said to make a bigger impact against the Mustangs, he needs to follow the routes more than he did in that game.
Mistro said he is not looking at the Mustangs as a team he wants to build the Jimmies into.
This season, the Jimmies are 3-1 at home. The Jimmies beat Doane University 41-17 on Oct. 1 at Charlotte and Gordon Hansen Stadium. Mistro said he is proud of the way that his team has played at home and the fact that they have defended their home turf.
“Whether that’s just the comfort of being home or that’s just the mindset, which for me, that needs to change when we’re on the road too," Mistro said. "We have to have a home-type mindset. I think our guys are comfortable playing at home, it’s good, I don’t want to change that but we need to have that all year-round.”