Big first half leads JHS football to victory
Experience played a big factor in Friday night's football matchup between Jamestown High School and Watford City.
The fifth-ranked Blue Jays basically brought their entire team back, while the Wolves lost nine starters on both sides of the ball. And, a junior/senior-dominated Blue Jay lineup made all the difference at Fridley Field in Watford City.
Jamestown scored 39 points in the first half and forced two turnovers, including a pick-six, as it cruised to a 47-6 victory over the Wolves. The Blue Jays are now 1-1 on the year, while the Wolves are 0-2.
"It was a good tone-setter," Nelson said of the first half. "We talked all week about starting off fast. We pinned them deep and got rolling.
"We controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and I'm happy with that result."
After forcing a quick three-and-out by Watford City in the first quarter, Jamestown used a lengthy drive to allow Chris Erickson to run in from five yards for the touchdown to give the visitors a 6-0 lead.
Blue Jay quarterback Tommy Falk found Jeremy Williams, one of his favorite receivers so far, for the 47-yard touchdown pass. After the extra point by Chris Sayler, Jamestown took a 13-point lead.
"The safety rolled up on Jeremy's pass and it couldn't have been thrown much better by Tommy," Nelson explained.
Falk capped off the final touchdown of the first quarter after a one-yard QB keeper with one tick remaining on the clock. The Blue Jays led 19-0 after one quarter.
Jamestown scored 31 seconds apart in the second quarter after Falk found tight end Marcus Hochhalter for 30 yards and a score through the air, and Jeremy Williams picked off Watford quarterback Hunter Schwartzenberger for a 48-yard pick-six.
"On Marcus' touchdown, Tommy stopped, planted his feet and threw a laser beam for the touchdown," Nelson said.
Sayler completed the 39-point first half with a one-yard run to give the Blue Jays a commanding lead heading into the locker room. Nelson then inserted many of his junior varsity players, who played the entirety of the second half.
"Those reps for the scout team are so important," Nelson said. "A lot of the younger guys are chomping at the bit for some reps in a varsity game."
Jamestown's defense was equally impressive after holding Watford City's offense to no positive-yard drives until 1:31 left in the third quarter, when most of the JV guys were in the game.
"There was a different look in our kids pregame," Nelson said of the defense. "It seemed different than last Friday night. They started fast and kept it going."
Jamestown will be hosting Central Cass (2-0) Friday night at 7 p.m. from Ernie Gates Field.
"We have to clean some stuff up with an exceptional Central Cass team coming in next week," Nelson said. "Offensively they have a good quarterback and some nice receivers. The crew they had last year will mostly be returning.
"We'll change some scheme things up to throw the Squirrels off a little bit."
Jamestown 47, Watford City 6
JHS 19 20 0 7 -- 47
WC 0 0 0 6 -- 6
J: Chris Erickson 5 yard run (Chris Sayler kick no good), 5:56.
J: Tommy Falk 47 yard pass to Jeremy Williams (Sayler kick good), 3:57.
J: Falk 1 yard run (Sayler kick no good), 0:01.
J: Falk 32 yard pass to Marcus Hochhalter (2-pt conversion no good), 6:11
J: Williams 35 yard pick six (Erickson run completes 2-pt), 5:54.
J: Sayler 1 yard run (Sayler kick no good), 2:39.
WC: Hunter Schwartzenberger 2 yard run (extra point no good), 10:30.
J: Caiden Metzger 5 yard run (Sayler kick good), 0:37.
Records: Jamestown 1-1. Watford City 0-2.