The Dickinson State University Blue Hawks are still who the Jimmies thought they were.
The ninth-ranked team in the NAIA pushed its winning streak over the University of Jamestown to 16 games at Rollie Greeno Field on Saturday. Dickinson State held the Jimmies to 135 yards of total offense, en route to a 34-0 decision during a rain-soaked 2019 home opener for Jamestown.
The Blue Hawks improved to 49-33-1 all-time against UJ, a rivalry that's up in the air going forward. Jamestown's Great Plains Athletic Conference schedule will soon be increased from nine games to 10 with the addition of Mount Marty College football, and the Jimmies don't plan on including the Blue Hawks on their calendar beginning in 2020.
"Hopefully, someday we can play again, and I know we're not going to for at least the foreseeable future," said Dickinson State head football coach Pete Stanton, who also faced Jamestown as a player for the Blue Hawks in the 1980s. "I know how much the rivalry means to the alums of both schools ... but right now that's the way it is."
The first of three Hayden Gibson touchdown passes -- a 4-yard completion to senior running back Amad Andrews Jr. -- had the Hawks leading 7-0 after one quarter. The Jamestown defense held its own for most of the first half, with sophomore safety Justin Six notching his first college interception early in quarter No. 2.
But offense against the Blue Hawks was hard to come by as rain fell from the sky throughout. The Jimmies converted just 10 first downs while making one late-game trip to the red zone and failing to convert on 7 of 8 third-down attempts.
The Jimmies were limited to 41 yards rushing as a team on 24 carries. UJ senior quarterback Jordan Mann completed 9 of 16 passes for 94 yards.
"(Dickinson State) played, too, and they scored 34 and we didn't," said UJ head coach Brian Mistro of Saturday's conditions. "They made more plays than we did. Our guys are still maturing ... and someone's gotta step up and make a big play and we didn't do that today."
The Blue Hawks pushed the advantage to 20-0 by halftime, with Andrews scampering into the end zone from three yards out and Gibson finding junior receiver Jaret Lee through the air for a 17-yard score. Gibson would seek out Lee again in the fourth, capping six-play, 49-yard drive with an 11-yard aerial scoring strike.
Gibson converted 20 of 30 passing attempts for 237 yards. The Blue Hawks topped 400 yards offensively (406) with Andrews gaining 77 on the ground.
"I really thought Hayden did a good job getting the ball out in some really, really tough conditions," Stanton said.
Dickinson State (1-1) lost to No. 23 Rocky Mountain College (Mont.) by a fourth-quarter field goal, 23-21, to open the season last week in Dickinson. The Blue Hawks won nine games and reached the NAIA playoff quarterfinals in 2018.
"We were very disappointed with our first half last week," Stanton said. "We just wanted to get out and show we were better than that, and I thought our guys defensively just did a great job of playing against (Jamestown's) power game and controlling the line of scrimmage."
Jamestown lost a pair of fumbles and time of possession favored the Blue Hawks by more than 16 minutes.
"The offense looks to us 11 guys on defense and we look to those 11 guys on offense, and we say, 'We got your back and they got our back,'" said UJ junior safety Ross Monson. "I mean, yeah, you look at the score -- 34-0 -- but in reality, we saw a lot of positives out there. We'll learn."
Jamestown (0-2) begins GPAC play next Saturday in Nebraska at Hastings College (1-0). The Broncos will have had two weeks off since opening the season with a 40-22 victory hosting Oklahoma Panhandle State University on Aug. 31.
"I think sometimes we're trying to do too much individually within our scheme ... maybe trying to do somebody else's job. And, hat's off to Dickinson. They're a really good football team," Mistro said. "The league that we're in doesn't care what happened in our non-conference schedule. I'll tell you right now, our boys better be ready to go and that's our job as a staff to make sure that they're prepared and we're going to do that."
(9) Dickinson State 34, University of Jamestown 0
DS 7 13 0 14 -- 34
UJ 0 0 0 0 -- 0
DS: Amad Andrews Jr. 4 pass from Hayden Gibson (Jace Johnson kick), 6:12.
DS: Andrews 3 run (Johnson kick), 5:40.
DS: Jaret Lee 17 pass from Gibson (kick failed), 0:15.
DS: Lee 11 pass from Gibson (Johnson kick), 14:12.
DS: Andrews 1 run (Johnson kick), 5:14.
TOTAL YARDS: DS, 406 (237 passing). UJ, 135 (94 passing).
PASSING: DS, Gibson 20-30-1 237. UJ, Jordan Mann 9-16-0 94.
RUSHING: DS, Andrews 17-77; Alex Lovegren 10-45; Derek Tabor 13-38; Riley Linder 5-19; Hayden Gibson 2-(-10). UJ, Tanner Mathern 9-13; Allen Jevning 7-13; Mann 4-13; Jimmy Hatch 2-5; Barry Williams Jr., 1-4.
RECEIVING: DS, Lee 4-72; Ty Nordby 6-64; Tyger Frye 5-51; Lovegren 2-22; Noah Sickler 1-13; Conor McCarvel 1-11; Andrews 1-4. UJ, Garrett Mitchell 4-69; Marcus Giles 2-13; Nick Thompson 1-7; Williams 1-5; Hatch 1-0.
TACKLES LEADERS: DS, Kevin Brown 5; Derick VandeBossche 5; Nick Miller 4. UJ, John Sullivan 10; Ross Monson 9; TJ Milk 8; Aaron Mack 8.
SACKS: DS, Omar Garcia 1-3. UJ, Josh Corliss 1-5.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES: DS, Brown 1-0; Garcia 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS: UJ, Justin Six 1-4.
RECORDS: Dickinson State 1-1. Jamestown 0-2.