Jamestown High School had only two wins over Minot in football since 1975, and the last time the Blue Jays beat the Magicians on their home turf is believed to have occurred in 1959.
Jamestown High School busted that 61-year streak Friday night at Duane Carlson Stadium. The Blue Jays intercepted Minot junior quarterback Trevor Emke three times, JHS senior quarterback Ty Monson plunged in a pair of first-half touchdowns from inside the 2-yard line, and Jamestown is 2-0 for the first time since 2014 with a 19-9 victory in the Magic City.
The Blue Jays' last success against Minot came at Ernie Gates Field in 2002 and 1998. Jamestown’s 1959 road win over Minot was settled 17-7 on Oct. 17 -- 256 days after the music died.
"We'll take this on the road any day of the week," said JHS coach Bill Nelson. "We had some kids grow up tonight."
Monson and Jamestown extended the ball across the goal line on the Jays' second drive of the first quarter, marching 93 yards and highlighted by a 48-yard reception by senior tight end Keith Levin from Monson that put the Jays on the Minot 18. Six plays later, Monson punched in a 1-yard score to help put the Jays up 7-0 with 14 seconds remaining before quarter No. 2.
The Magicians stalled on their first three offensive drives, opening the door for Jamestown's second touchdown, a 2-yard Monson carry capping a 66-yard drive that witnessed a 26-yard reception by junior Preston Kroeber and a 24-yard pickup on the ground by junior running back Justin Schempp.
The Blue Jays led 13-0 with 3:33 to play before the half, but Minot and junior running back Hunter Ruzicka bit back following Jamestown's second score. Ruzicka broke off an 82-yard kick return for a touchdown to slash the Blue Jay lead to 13-6 at the half.
Jamestown's Austin Kessler picked off Emke on a third-and-8 from the Blue Jay 32 in the final minute following a quick Blue Jay three-and-out.
"They scouted us," Nelson said of Ruzicka's touchdown on special teams. "We've been kicking that right corner for a while now. They blocked it up well and we kicked right into it."
Minot would trim the Jamestown lead to 13-9 with 3:55 to play in the third following a 28-yard Peyton Bartsch field goal. But the Blue Jays took over from there.
Senior free safety Carter Burchill thwarted a Minot drive early in the fourth with Jamestown's second INT of the night, setting up a 45-yard touchdown pass from Monson to Levin that put Jamestown back out front by two scores with 9:19 to play.
Levin made a highlight-reel, one-handed catch behind a Minot defender who had tipped Monson's pass into double coverage. Levin subsequently tap-danced all by himself into the end zone.
Kroeber ended Minot's next drive with the Jays' third interception and fifth in Jamestown's first two games of 2020.
Jamestown would later turn the Magicians over on downs with 2:16 remaining. Monson handed the ball off twice to Kessler and Minot jumped offside on a third-and-1 to give the Jays all the downs they'd need to run out the clock.
"Carter Burchill I thought played a heckuva game. They all did," Nelson said. "We were pretty stingy tonight."
Jamestown, who was receiving votes in this week's Class AAA football media poll, is on bye next week and will open at Ernie Gates Field for the final time hosting Bismarck Legacy on Sept. 18.
"We get the bye week to rest up a little bit ... and get some guys back," Nelson said. "This is far from where we want to get to. It's baby steps, it's #bettereveryday."
Jamestown 19, Minot 9
JHS 7 6 0 6 -- 19
MHS 0 6 3 -- 9
J: Ty Monson 1 run (Adam Kallenbach kick), 0:14.
J: Monson 2 run (kick failed), 3:33.
M: Hunter Ruzicka 82 kick return (kick failed), 3:19.
M: Peyton Bartsch 28 field goal, 3:55
J: Keith Levin 45 pass from Monson (pass failed), 9:19.