Blue Jay football blanks Huskies
Fourth-ranked Jamestown High School football was scoring quickly Friday night in Wahpeton.
Senior Aaron Mack ran the opening kickoff into Husky territory, which set up a Brandon Dallmann 5-yard touchdown run 2 minutes, 20 seconds into the contest. The drive only lasted a quick six plays.
Four minutes later, quarterback Tommy Falk found Marus Hochhalter for a 9-yard strike. After the Blue Jays' second 2-point conversation, they took a 16-0 lead.
Jamestown scored two more times after that to propel it to a 30-0 victory at North Dakota State College of Science's Frank Vertin Field. The Blue Jays are now above .500 at 4-3, while the Huskies dropped to 1-6.
"We feed off each other," said Jamestown coach Bill Nelson. "The defense got a 3-and-out and the offense punched it in once again. We got better tonight and were stingy on defense."
After the Blue Jays' pair of opening tallies in the first quarter, Falk ran the ball in from a yard to extend the lead to 22-0.
Jamestown then connected on a desperation pass as time expired after Jeremy Williams tipped the ball to Hochhalter for the 35-yard touchdown and 30-0 halftime lead. Jamestown nearly connected on a similar attempt back in Week 1 against Fargo Shanley but fell 6 yards short as the fourth quarter expired. Neither team scored for the remainder of the game.
"I'm not sure what the play call was," Nelson said. "Jeremy tipped the pass and Marcus was right underneath for the catch. We've been practicing that play so it wasn't like Tommy threw it up for grabs."
The extended air attack against Wahpeton was a different mix than against Valley City on Friday, Sept. 28, when the Blue Jays ran the ball on 50 of 60 snaps. Prior to the contest Jamestown was averaging 160 on the ground and 111 in the air.
"We're usually an 80-percent run team and 20-percent pass," Nelson said. "Every team has things we can exploit and we did a good job of taking what was there."
The defense was equally impressive, limiting Wahpeton's scoring chances.
"We have some different movements we do up front," Nelson said. "We were pretty assignment-sound and for the most part we played hard together.
"We're getting pressure up front and the defensive backs were doing a good job," the coach added. "I don't think it was any one person, we're just doing a good job of getting bodies to the ball and stops when needed."
The victory extended Jamestown's winning streak to two games, the longest of the season, after trading wins and losses during the first six games.
"We've been telling the kids over the last two weeks that's it's about getting hot at the right time and that's what we're doing," Nelson said.
Jamestown will host Devils Lake Friday night for the first of two contests at Ernie Gates Field to end the regular season. If the Blue Jays win out they would host a playoff game the following week.
"We feel like we know each other pretty well after we see them at team camp every year," Nelson said. "They got us last year (14-13) so we want some retribution from that loss."
Jamestown 30, Wahpeton 0
JHS 16 14 0 0 -- 30
WHS 0 0 0 0 -- 0
J: Brandon Dallmann 5 yard run (2-point conversion good), 9:40.
J: Tommy Falk 9 yard pass to Marcus Hochhalter (2-pt good), 5:15.
J: Falk 1 yard run (2-pt no good), 2:55.
J: Falk 35 yard pass to Hochhalter (2-pt good), 0:00.
Records: Jamestown 4-3. Wahpeton 1-6.