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'We got outplayed': Blue Jays look to get better after loss Friday

The Jamestown High School football team took on Wahpeton on Sept. 23.

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Coach Bill Nelson and a few Blue Jays watch the action from the sidelines of Rollie Greeno Field.
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WAHPETON N.D. — The Jamestown High School football team has been working on starting faster since week one of the 2022 season.

But Friday evening, it wasn't about how they started, it was how they ended.

Wahpeton picked up a huge win Friday evening, defeating the defending Class A state champs 14-13. The Jays dropped to 4-1 overall while the Huskies improved to 3-2 in the Class A standings.

Jamestown will be back on its home turf next week hosting Dickinson. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Things began with a 40 yard drive by the Blue Jays that ended with a touchdown from senior quarterback Payton Hochhalter to Tyson Jorissen on the jet-sweep to put the Jays up 6-0.

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Officials called a false start on the Blue Jays on the extra point attempt backing the special teams unit up a few yards. Starting kicker Sara Sletto may have been a few more yards out, but the junior still drilled the PAT to make it 7-0 Blue Jays.

Hochhalter kept the offensive juices flowing. The senior quarterback kept it himself and got to the 13 yard line to bring up 4th and 2. Junior running back Josh Robertson bullied his way forward to get to the nine to bring up 1st and goal for the Blue Jays.

Hochhalter proved his athleticism on the next set of downs. The starting signal caller slipped but on his way down he connected with Jackson Walters to put the Jays up by 13 with less than four minutes remaining in the first half.

That's when the tables started turning.

First-year Wahpeton quarterback Beau Arenstein threw a 22-yard touchdown strike to Caden Kappes with 40 seconds remaining in the first half.

Jamestown stopped that momentum there, blocking the Huskies' extra point attempt to maintain a seven point lead.

A 38 run by sophomore Treyton Mauch breathed new life into the Wahpeton offense. Wahpeton's offensive line opened up a big whole for Arenstein, who ran it into the endzone to come within one of the Blue Jays.

Arenstein then connected with Kappes on the two-point conversion to take a 14-13 lead and close out the third quarter.

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Wahpeton dominated possession in the final frame. Mauch picked off Hochhalter with 10:08 left in the game which induced nearly a nine-minute offensive drive by the Huskies.

The normally steady Blue Jay defense committed too many fundamental mistakes, jumping into the neutral zone on four different occasions to help Wahpeton pick up first downs.

Jamestown had a chance in the final minute of the game to try and drive down and win the game. The Blue Jays drove all but six of the 90 yards they needed, but a Wahpeton interception in the endzone closed out week No. 5 with Jamestown on the losing end of the score.

"We got outplayed and the better team won," JHS head coach Bill Nelson said. "Kudos to the Wahpeton Huskies. They played a great game start to finish. We will learn from this and get better."

Wahpeton 14, Jamestown 13

JHS 7 6 0 0 — 13

WAH 0 6 8 0 — 14

Records: Jamestown 4-1 overall, 4-1 Class A; Wahpeton 3-2, 3-2

Katie Ringer is a sports reporter for the Jamestown Sun. Katie joined the Sun staff in the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in journalism. She can be reached by email at kringer@jamestownsun.com or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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