JAMESTOWN (NewsDakota.com)- The first win of the Shawn Frank Era did not come easy for the Jamestown College Jimmies. They needed a little extra time to finish off South Dakota Mines. Ryan Benke’s 37-yard field in overtime lifted the Jimmies past the Hardrockers.
The game had the look of a track meet early with both offenses scoring on their opening possessions. After the smoke cleared on the first possessions, SD Mines led 8-6.
Gus Ramasco hit Derrick Dohmann for a 27-yard touchdown to cap a four-play drive for the Jimmies.
The Hardrockers would add a field goal on their second drive to make it 11-6 and that would be the halftime score.
Jamestown College responded in the third quarter to take their first lead of the season following a 13-play, 80-yard drive that was capped off by a Matt Mithaugen 1-yard touchdown plunge.
Late in the fourth, the Jimmies were driving to put the game on ice and faced a third down and three with four minutes to go around the Hardrocker 30-yard line. The JC coaching staff opted to go with freshman QB Beau Ericksson on the play who had the snap go through his hands. It was the only snap of the day that a QB other than Ramasco took. SD Mines fell on the lose football at midfield.
That was the second turnover of the game for the Jimmies, giving the Hardrockers new life and a chance to tie or win the game. They got the ball into the JC redzone before a sack by Jerelle Miller forced SD Mines into a long field goal attempt. Kolten Jelden was 1-2 on the day before rocketing a 42-yard just inside the right upright with 28 seconds remaining to force overtime.
In overtime, Jelden got a chance to give SD Mines a lead on the first possession. However, after making field goals from 29 and 42 yards and missing from 32, Jelden pushed his fourth attempt wide to the right.
Jamestown College only needed a field goal on their opening possession to win the game. After a pair of runs and a dropped pass by Jacob Erbes, Benke came on to send everyone home from 37-yards away.
Ramasco finished 17-27 for 133 yards a touchdown and interception. Mithaugen and Lance Johansen torn up the Hardrockers on the ground to the tune of 248 total yards on the ground. Johansen finished with 162 and Mithaugen with 86.
The Jimmies will get back to work next Saturday when they renew their rivalry with the Valley City State Vikings. Game is set for 1pm from Rollie Greeno Field.
Don’t miss the Shawn Frank Show, every Monday night from 6:30-7:30 at IDK Bar and Grill in Jamestown. It is also broadcast on KQDJ-AM 1400.
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