Bill Nelson and the Jamestown High School football team got a taste of what being on the wrong side of the scoreboard feels like Friday night.
Nelson and the Jays fell 33-13 to Fargo Shanley to drop to 4-1 overall. The Deacons were the first Class AA team the Jays faced this season. Shanley rose to 3-2 overall and will travel west to play Class AA's No. 1, Bismarck Century, on Oct. 1.
In the Class A, West Region standings, the Jays have already locked up the No. 1 seed at a perfect 4-0. The Blue Jays return home next Friday to Ernie Gates Field for the final time as they take on Valley City. The homecoming tilt is slated to kick off at 7 p.m.
Valley picked up its first win of the season Friday with a dominant 30-0 win over Turtle Mountain.
The Jays were without starting quarterback Payton Hochhalter due to injury, but the team's back-up signal-caller, Jackson Walters, did what he could against the Deacons
Jamestown got on the scoreboard in the first quarter after Jackson Walters connected with Brode Hillstrom for 44 yards and a score to put the Blue Jays in front 7-0. Shanley would go on to score the next 26 points and take a 26-7 lead into the halftime break.
Shanley quarterback Michael Rostberg threw for four touchdowns in just the first half. Senior running back Johnny Gores finished with 12 catches for 204 yards and two touchdowns. The Deacons led the previously undefeated Blue Jays 26-7 at halftime.
Last week at Bismarck St. Mary's, Rostberg passed for 289 yards -- 228 of which came in the first half. Of those, 153 yards and two touchdowns went to Gores. While the Saints managed to keep Rostberg to 8-for-17 and 75 yards in the second half of last week's tilt, the Blue Jays weren't so lucky.
Shanley has not lost two straight games to Class AA (now A) teams for 10 years.
In the second half, the lone score for Jamestown came in the third quarter when Walters took it himself into the endzone on a two-yard rush. Walters' touchdown was set up after he connected with Devin Beach for 40 yards through the air.
Walters finished the game unofficially 12-20 for 195 yards, a pair of touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Adam Kallenbach and Hillstrom each had a team-high three receptions. Kallenbach ended as the leader in reception yards with 55 while Hillstrom picked up 48 yards. On the ground, Walters was the leading rusher with 25 yards.