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Jimmies football look to end losing streak at Dakota Wesleyan

The Jimmies are looking to get back in the win column and end their six-game losing streak.

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The University of Jamestown football team will attempt to end their losing streak when they go to Dakota Wesleyan University. The game is set to kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 from Dakota Wesleyan’s Joe Quintal Field.

The Jimmies come into this game with a (2-7, 2-6 GPAC) record, having lost their last six in a row. The Jimmies are trying to avoid their first seven-game losing streak since they lost eight in a row to end the 1999 season.

The Tigers come into this game with a (3-6,3-5 GPAC) record, having lost their last three in a row.

Dating back to 2018, the two teams have played three times with the Tigers owning a 3-0 record.

This season, Jimmies head coach Brian Mistro said the Jimmies have not been disciplined enough on the field according to their head coach, Brian Mistro. If they can be disciplined against the Tigers, Mistro said his team will have a good chance to win the game.

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“If we can go out and have a disciplined approach to the game, minimizing penalties and minimizing turnovers and taking what they give us on defense and taking away the ball when we are on defense; I think we’re going to have a good chance,” Mistro said.

Mistro said after watching back the Jimmies' last six games, it was clear that many of the mistakes the Jimmies are making are because of a lack of focus.

The Jimmies coaching staff brought the game back to the bare bones fundamentals in practice this week, encouraging the players to think of why they play the game of football instead of focusing on the frustration of a six-game losing streak.

“I think the guys had a good week of practice and remembering why they do this and that’s something you lose track of when you’re on a losing streak," Mistro said. “You came here to get a great education and continue to play the sport you love, that’s what is most important.

Mistro has been encouraging his team ahead of this game to concentrate on the future and forget about the losses that precede it.

The Tigers defense is giving up 336.6 yards per game this year with 195. 7 of those yards coming through the air. As a result, the Jimmies game plan will be focused on throwing the ball down the field.

“That’s what we think one of our strong suits is -- putting the ball in the air," Mistro said. "It’s going to be 60 degrees and sunny in Mitchell, South Dakota. It plays into what our game plan is but we still have to be able to run the ball and make sure our guys are keeping them on edge and are keeping a balanced approach as best we can.”

One of the silver linings throughout the losing streak for the Jimmies has been the improvements of the offensive line. In the Oct. 30 loss to Morningside, the Jimmies hog mollies did not give up a sack, on a defense that coming into the game, had 30 sacks on the season.

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“They got thrown into the fire right away and to be honest with you they’ve done a really good job of coming back from that,” Mistro said. “I’m really proud of those guys and I think there is a really bright future for that group.

"It’s going to be a big point of emphasis going into the future if these guys keep going and keep developing and they stick around and they stay Jimmies for life, this will be a really fun group to watch.”

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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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