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Minot High football falls to Jamestown 21-0

The Jamestown High School football team traveled to Minot Oct. 15

The Minot Magicians produced a strong defensive effort throughout their Friday night matchup against the visiting Jamestown Blue Jays, but a stout defensive front by Jamestown in response frustrated the Magi’s offensive unit in a 21-0 Seniors’ Night loss at Duane Carlson Stadium.

The Magi (2-3 WDA, 2-6 overall) knew coming in that they would face a challenge with a Jamestown (5-0, 6-2) defense that had allowed more than 17 points just once in its previous seven contests, and the Blue Jays’ front performed as advertised.

Minot, donning specially-made camouflage uniforms in honor of Military Appreciation Night, was held scoreless on a first drive that followed a pregame ceremony honoring its 18 seniors. The Magi gained a total of 20 yards on six plays before an attempted Jayden Speraw quarterback sneak on fourth down and short was stopped just behind the line to gain.

Jamestown head coach Bill Nelson said in a pregame interview that defensively, the Jays would have to try to get off the field. Offensively, the Blue Jay head coach said the team wanted to sustain drives and move the chains and be good on special teams.

"If you go to any football game, you have to control the line of scrimmage," Nelson said in a pregame interview. "If you watch what they've done, they want to run the ball."

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The Blue Jays took over in Minot territory and authored a seven-play drive in under two minutes to take an early 7-0 lead. Quarterback Jackson Walters took the snap on second and goal from the Minot 11 yard line and found his receiver Preston Kroeber on a short pass.

Kroeber navigated his way through the Minot defense along the far sideline and his dive for the pylon was just far enough to break the plane of the goal line, putting the Blue Jays ahead with 7:42 to play in the opening 12 minutes.

The Magi defense clamped down on the Blue Jays for the remainder of the half, shutting the Blue Jays offense out of the end zone on its next five offensive possessions. Jamestown’s defense was up to the task as well, and the two teams entered halftime with the early Jamestown touchdown marking the game’s lone score.

The defensive struggle continued throughout much of the second half, as the two teams traded punts and failed fourth-down conversions until Jamestown cashed in on a Speraw interception at the Blue Jays’ 42 yard line with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.

As was the case throughout the evening on the offensive side of the ball for Jamestown, Jakob Schempp was at the center of a run-heavy scheme, and he dragged a handful of Minot defenders into the end zone from the Minot 6 yard line to help double the Blue Jays lead.

The Magi would surrender another late Jamestown score and could not solve the stingy Blue Jays defense in their eventual 21-0 defeat. The loss marked the third straight for the Magi, and the fourth in their last five games. Jamestown remained perfect in WDA play with the victory, moving to 5-0 in the conference.

"We talk about being assignment-sound all the time," Nelson said. "11 guys doing their job, everybody rallying to the ball. We're a check defense. So if they go into a certain formation, we have a check to it. We have a very sharp group of kids that, for the most part, have done a pretty darn good job all year long."

Jamestown’s next contest is slated for 7 p.m. Oct. 22 on the road against Devils Lake. The tilt with Devils Lake will wrap of the Jays' regular season.

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"They're very humble young men who want to work, and they want to win," Nelson said of his team. "They don't care who gets the glory, who gets the stats. At the end of the day, it's all about the 'W.' They're a great group of kids who work had and they're cerebral assassins, and they go about their job."

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