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Jimmies football attempt to end skid vs. Briar Cliff

Jimmies look to score first and get confidence.

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The University of Jamestown football team looks to put the kibosh on a four game losing streak when they host Briar Cliff University at Charlotte and Gordon Hansen Stadium at 1 p.m. on Oct.23. The Jimmies come into this game with a 2-5 overall record and a 2-4 record in conference play. The Chargers come into this game with a 1-6 overall record and a 1-5 record in the GPAC.

The Chargers enter this game riding a three game losing streak after an 84-7 loss to Morningside. The Jimmies enter this game riding a four game losing streak after a 63-7 loss to Northwestern (Iowa). This is the second time in the series history that the two teams have entered the contest riding losing streaks, with the first time being in 2019. The Jimmies own a 3-0 record all-time against the Chargers. The two teams last played on Nov. 7, 2020 with the Jimmies winning 17-10.

“Anytime you had success over a team, you’d like to think that there is a little confidence level there but the problem is that there is a different coach in town there. They have a new staff, and a lot of excitement surrounding that staff and those players and so they’re gonna be hyped up and they’re gonna be ready to go,” Jimmies head coach Brian Mistro said. “They probably have this one circled, I would if I was them. They want to make sure they come out to our place and put up a fight and they’re not going to go quietly.”

The game is set to take place on senior day for the Jimmies, in a game in which they will honor 14 players. Since 2005, the Jimmies are 8-8 on senior day. Against common opponents this year the Jimmies are 2-3 and the Chargers are 1-4.

During the losing streak, the Jimmies have turned the ball over at least twice in each game. During their losing streak, the Chargers have turned the ball over only twice.

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“One of the big things that we talked about all week is one, making sure we win the turnover battle and on defense, we need to fly around to the football,” Mistro said. “I think that’s something that is overstated sometimes but we want to make sure that we are getting 11 hats to the football.”

One of the biggest areas of weakness on the Briar Cliff team is on the ground as they have one rushing touchdown this season. However, the Jimmies will not commit to loading the box, as it depends on what the Chargers offense shows, and what personnel they throw on the field.

The Jimmies are 1-1 this season when scoring the first points of the game. While the Chargers are 1-4 when giving up the first points of the game.

“I think getting an early lead is a recipe for success in every game and so when you get out early on a team and it hasn’t had a lot of success then obviously you wonder where their confidence level goes,” Mistro said. “They could say the same for us, if they get out on us early they’re going to want to put our pedal to the medal on it and I think that’s the mindset we have to have.”

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My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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