Jimmies football looks to pull off upset against Morningside
The Jimmies look to beat Morningside for the first time ever and get their first win against ranked opponent in 17 years.
The University of Jamestown football team will attempt to knock off No. 3 Morningside University at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Elwood Olsen Stadium in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Jimmies (2-6, 2-5 GPAC) are looking for their first win over a ranked opponent since October 2004 when they beat the then fifth-ranked University of Mary 27-24 at home. The Jimmies are looking to avoid losing six straight games for the first time since they lost six consecutive games from Nov. 10, 2018, to Sept. 28, 2019.
These two teams have played four times with the Mustangs sweeping the series. The last matchup between the teams came on Oct. 17, 2020, with the Mustangs winning 54-7.
This season, the Mustangs have only given up two sacks and none since Oct. 9, which is something the Jimmies want to change.
“Well in order for us to create some sacks, the quarterback has to hold onto the ball. So if the quarterback is holding onto the ball, that means we are covering guys really well,” Jimmies head coach Brian Mistro said. “So the message is, hey guys up front, guys that are pressuring the quarterback, be relentless and guys in the back row give them a chance to get there.”
The Jimmies are coming off a 41-38 loss to Briar Cliff on Oct. 23. The Mustangs are coming off a 34-28 win over Dordt on Oct. 23.
A win over Morningside in this game would be a really big win for the Jimmies program, according to wide receiver Steve Justice.
“It would mean the world. All week, I’ve been thinking about this game and how much it would mean to us as a team to come out on top … Coming out on top on Saturday would not only mean the world to me but to the guys as well,” Justice said.
The Mustangs offensively are led by quarterback Joe Dolincheck and a bevy of wide receivers. Dolincheck this season has 2,265 yards for 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. The Mustangs leading wide receiver is Reid Jurgenmeister who has 49 receptions for 744 yards and eight touchdowns.
After a performance that saw him reel in seven passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns, the Mustangs Caleb Schweigart was named the GPAC Offensive Player of the Week.
This season the Jimmies are led offensively by Cade Torgerson's 2,250 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. The Jimmies leading receiver is Micah Madyun who has 45 receptions for 625 yards and five touchdowns.
The keys to a Jimmies victory are very similar to the game plan that they have against other good teams, Mistro said. The team has to avoid giving up big plays and force turnovers on defense.
“We put in some coverages stuff that is going to help our guys out on some of their big playmakers and we watch film,” Mistro said. “There are times where those guys are double, triple teamed anyway and they are still making plays so it’s just a matter of gaining confidence in our guys."
A Jimmies victory over the No. 3 ranked Morningside University would be a win that makes noise around the country, Mistro said.