Jimmies return home with the hopes of ending three-game skid
The Jimmies are trying to get their first win in a homecoming game since Oct. 5, 2019.
JAMESTOWN —The University of Jamestown heads into its homecoming game against Doane University riding a three-game losing streak.
“I think we’re able to look back at the film and realize that we’re two plays away from being a 4-1 football team,” Jimmies quarterback Cade Torgerson said. “So, it’s nothing major that’s killing us right now, those two mistakes have been major but we’re right there and we know that. We don’t feel like a 2-3 football team.”
The Jimmies host Doane University at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and will try to beat the Tigers for the first time in program history. In order for the Jimmies to win the game defensive back Hershell Jefferson said they have to take advantage of the fact that the Tigers are running for 28 fewer yards per game than they are passing for this season.
“We just gotta make sure their run game is nonexistent and force them to throw the ball deep, I think we can make a lot of plays in the back end and secure the win,” Jefferson said.
Jimmies head coach Brian Mistro said for his team to beat the Tigers they need to open the game with a long drive. Mistro also highlighted the need for his team’s defense and special teams to continue helping carry the load.
“We had a successful fake punt last week and the special teams game has been a big part of why we’re in games and the way that we are,” Mistro said.
The Jimmies are coming off a 21-10 loss to Midland on Sept. 24, in which they gave up 21 unanswered points. In the loss, Torgerson turned the ball over five times.
“I gotta be more alignment, assignment sound and just execute post-snap,” Torgerson said. “That’s what we gotta take care of, we’re prepared, we’re in all the right spots, we just have to execute better post-snap.”
The Tigers enter the contest after a 13-10 win over Dordt on Sept. 24. In the win, the Tigers had two field goals blocked, with both being tipped balls at the line of scrimmage.
“If we get into that situation, I trust the guys that are on the field to make those plays and we blocked one this year so far and it’s not that you’re game planning around it as much as when you get that opportunity it’s good,” Mistro said.
Heading into the game, the Jimmies have rushed for 59 yards per game and passed for 244 yards per game. On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers are giving up 186 rushing yards per game and only 66 passing yards per game. Despite that, Mistro would not commit to forcing the run in this game.
“We gotta still take what they give us,” Mistro said. “If we’re running the ball successfully and they start loading the box then obviously we’re gonna have to start throwing it. If we’re throwing it successfully and they start getting guys out of the box then we’re gonna run it.”
Regardless of the fact that the Jimmies are averaging under 20 points per game and the Tigers are averaging 10 points per game, Mistro said he is confident if his team’s offense is struggling the defense will pick them up.
The Jimmies defense has struggled to force turnovers this season, collecting four interceptions and one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
“We got the ball," Jefferson said. "We stripping, we’re trying to get interceptions, we’re trying to get forced fumbles. We’re trying to get all these balls, it’s homecoming we gotta show out for the (defense).”
Mistro said he is not preparing to make drastic changes because his team has been close in all but one game this season. He said the team hasn’t made the plays that are needed when it needs to make them.
“I look at it this way, football is a game of inches, football is a game of plays that when you look at a football game there are eight or nine plays that really you can look at and say, ‘Yeah that made an impact on the game,’” Mistro said. “In the first two weeks we had those situations end up in our favor outside of Northwestern, the Briar Cliff, and the Midland game, those things didn’t go in our favor.”