VALLEY CITY (NewsDakota.com) – Freshman quarterback Beau Eriksson found receiver Trent Roemmich for a 16-yard go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter as Jamestown College won back the Paint Bucket Saturday in Valley City.
Roemmich’s touchdown with 5:30 remaining in the game proved to be the deciding score as Jamestown College knocked off Valley City State 13-10 in the always hotly-contested rivalry matchup between two schools 30 minutes apart on I-94.
Jamestown led 6-0 in the first half after a 23-yard touchdown run by Lance Johansen. The extra point was missed though, a small play that would play a big role later in the game.
Valley City State kicker Thomas Cortez nailed a 30-yard field goal just before halftime to cut Jamestown College’s lead to 6-3.
The Vikings took control of the game in the third quarter. Defensive back Troy Still intercepted Eriksson at the Viking 9-yard line, and the Viking offense responded with a 91-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 19-yard touchdown connection from Tommy Zinke to Ken Eliacin in the back of the end zone.
The extra point put VCSU up 10-6 going into the fourth quarter. Jamestown College was able to mount a comeback though after taking over at the Viking 46-yard line following a short VCSU punt midway through the fourth quarter.
Jamestown moved the ball down to the VCSU 16-yard line before facing a 4th down and eight. Instead of being able to kick a field goal to tie the game at 10-10, the missed extra point meant they had to go for it. In the end, it worked out for the Jimmies when Eriksson found Roemmich for a sliding catch in the end zone and the final score of the game.
VCSU was able to move the ball to midfield before their drive stalled out with a fourth-and-ten. The Vikings punted the ball away with about 3:30 to go, and Jamestown College was able to pick up one first down and run out the clock.
Jamestown improves to 3-5 on the season. Valley City State falls to 5-3. The two teams split their season series. VCSU won in Jamestown by the same score of 13-10 on Sept. 22.
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