Jimmies football looks to go out with win against Dordt
The Jimmies look to avoid losing eight straight for the first time since 1999.
The University of Jamestown football team is looking to end its losing streak when the Jimmies host Dordt University at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, from Charlotte and Gordon Hansen Stadium in the season finale.
The Jimmies (2-8, 2-7 GPAC) come into this game off a 31-25 loss to Dakota Wesleyan on Nov. 6. The Jimmies are trying to avoid losing eight consecutive games for the first time since 1999. The Defenders (6-3, 6-3) come into this game off a 58-0 win over Briar Cliff on Nov. 6.
The two teams have played three times since 2018 with the Defenders owning a 3-0 record. The last time the teams played was on Oct. 10, 2020, with the Defenders winning 66-13.
This season, the Jimmies have forced 20 turnovers, while the Defenders have turned the ball over 20 times, which is an area that Jimmies head coach Brian Mistro wants his team to take advantage of in this game.
“One of the big keys to this game is winning the turnover battle. When you play an option team, a running the ball in the snow type team that uses a pitch as part of the game plan,” Mistro said, “you want to make sure you get the ball on the ground as part of your game plan to give your offense a chance to go down and score.”
The weather at kickoff is expected to be 29 degrees and snowing, which changes the Jimmies game plan coming into this game according to Mistro.
“We know where we live and we understand where we are at. So, we are not going to try to throw the ball 80 times in a blizzard,” Mistro said. “So there are some things that we’ve been working on this week to be ready for that, executing on offense and getting the ball turned over on defense.”
Mistro and his staff are hoping to slow down the running attack of the Chargers in this game.
“If we can help ourselves out by minimizing their run game. I don't think we are going to stop the run game. They are really good at what they do and no one has, let’s be honest,” Mistro said. “Nobody has stopped the run game at all but if we can minimize it and shrink it down to where if you can get up on a team like this and they have to potentially resort to throwing the football, which is not what they are wanting to do then I think that can help you win the game.”
The Jimmies finishing the season at home is big for the team, Mistro said.
“We love finishing the season at home, you just wish it was under different circumstances," Mistro said. "One of the things I remember being a student-athlete here at Jamestown was if you’re playing in your last home game, it means you’re not playing in the playoffs for the most part.
"So from my standpoint, you still want to have that goal and that journey end somewhere else. But, it is good to be home and not have to get on the road after a game for the last game of the season.”
The Jimmies are hoping to go into the offseason with a win to end the losing streak.
"It would be huge, give us a little boost going into the offseason," Jimmies quarterback Cade Torgerson said. "We already have a little bit of a chip on our shoulder, a lot of motivation built up but a win would be huge to go into the offseason with."