FARGO, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – Four first half turnovers killed the early momentum and Jamestown fell to Shanley 21-14 in the Class AA semifinals. Shanley moves onto the Dakota Bowl where they will again meet St. Mary’s.
Jamestown got on the board first when Tommy Falk found Jeremy Williams for a 44-yard touchdown on their first drive of the game. The Jays defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing drive and momentum was on their side.
But on the first down play from their own 45-yard line, Chris Erickson fumbled and Shanley recovered. The Deacons marched in to tie the game.
Williams fumbled on the following kick-off, but Shanley wasn’t able to turn it into points. However, the Jays would give them another shot. Erickson fumbled on the second play from scrimmage and the Deacons took over at the Jays 21.
It was three fumbles in four touches. Jamestown had only fumbled three times all year coming into Saturday.
Cade Busek capped that drive with his second of three one-yard touchdown runs to put Shanley up 14-7 into half. Falk threw a pick in the end zone in the final minute of the half.
Shanley scored again in the second half to make it 21-7. Another Busek one-yard run.
Jamestown finally broke through in the final quarter with 3:04 left when Falk found Ethan McKenney for a 27-yard score. The Jays defense held and got the ball back just a few seconds later.
However, the Jays weren’t able to move the ball at all, losing three yards, and Shanley was able to kneel away the final minute.