Football: Blue Jays, Jimmies set to play Saturday

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Jamestown High School's Evan Prescott (51) runs through a tunnel of teammates during the pregame announcement of players as the Blue Jays hosted Valley City at Ernie Gates Field on Sept. 25, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

The Jamestown High School football team practiced Friday morning at Two Rivers Activity Center in Jamestown and should be ready to play football Saturday night.

Out of an abundance of caution, Jamestown moved its final game of the regular season at Mandan from Wednesday to Saturday evening at 6 p.m. due to a positive COVID-19 test result revealed Wednesday. Jim Roaldson, athletic director at JHS, said Friday the positive result appears to be isolated.

Coaches and players have self-monitored since Wednesday, while investigations into any potential close contacts have been conducted.

"Barring any phone calls between now and tomorrow when they kick off we should be good," Roaldson said.

The game at Mandan's Starion Complex is a biggie in terms of Jamestown's Class AAA football quarterfinal playoff destination on Oct. 30. A Jamestown win will send the Blue Jays (4-2) to play fourth-ranked Fargo Davies (6-1) next Friday, while a loss sends them to play second-ranked West Fargo Sheyenne (6-0).


St. John Public School forfeited its 9-man football playoff game scheduled Saturday in LaMoure due to COVID-19, and Roaldson said teams and school districts have been doing their best to roll with the punches.

"When we first got started ... every practice was a blessing and every time you got to play a game you treated it like it could be your last one of the year," Roaldson said. "We've had some hiccups along the way and teams have dealt with it and done what we've needed to do, but we keep carrying on and moving forward.

"Kids are getting to play. That's the big thing."

Jimmies travel to play Warriors

The University of Jamestown football team (0-3) is on the road at Fremont, Nebraska, on Saturday to play the Midland University Warriors.

The Warriors (3-2) have won three straight games with lopsided victories over Briar Cliff (56-3 final), Hastings College (43-0) and Dakota Wesleyan (50-14). The Jimmies have faced the current top three teams in the Great Plains Athletic Conference -- Morningside, Concordia and Dordt -- to start the season.

Jamestown was held to 169 yards of total offense, with 162 of those yards coming through the air, in last week's 54-7 loss hosting Morningside. UJ junior quarterback Cade Torgerson completed 21 of 41 passes and connected with freshman Ryan O'Brien on a 26-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

O'Brien finished with three catches for 42 yards, as Torgerson made completions to 12 different pass-catching options. The Jimmies are averaging just over 117 yards passing and 47 yards rushing in three games.

Senior linebacker Manuel Najera led the Jimmies last week with 14 total tackles and junior safety Jordan Olson added 11 tackles. UJ has allowed roughly 581 yards per game to opposing offenses.


Midland junior quarterback River Walker has completed 70 of 104 passes for 1,040 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. Keenan Smith is the Warriors' leading rusher with 267 yards on 64 carries. The Warriors are allowing, on average, 314 yards of offense to opponents, while creating 418 yards of their own.

The Jimmies will play their final home game of 2020 at Taylor Stadium next Saturday against Hastings. UJ has moved previously scheduled home contests against Dakota Wesleyan (Nov. 14) and Doane (Nov. 21) to the MDU Resources Community Bowl in Bismarck in order for renovations to Taylor Stadium to commence.

UJ's Nov. 28 game against Northwestern College scheduled to be played at home has been moved to Orange City, Iowa.

Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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