JAMESTOWN, N.D. (newsdakota.com) – In what could be the last game played at Ernie Gates Field, Jamestown (4-2) found themselves on the wrong end of a high-scoring 62-35 finish VS Bismarck (6-0).
Jamestown hung around in the first half despite falling behind 13-0. The boys continued to battle and caught the attention of Head Coach Bill Nelson.
‘Fight’ is exactly what Jamestown did. After falling behind 13-0 fairly quickly, the Jays offense put together a couple of quick scores through the air. Quarterback Ty Monson found Jacob Hilgemann for a 31 yard strike and on the next drive Monson found a wide open Keith Levin for a 51 yard score. Monson added a couple scores later on a pair of runs but his night ended on a sour note.
Going into the 4th quarter, Monson was landed awkwardly on after a medium gain up the middle and exited the game with a hip injury. As of Thursday evening, Nelson didn’t have a lot of information on the specifics of the injury.
Flashback to the 2nd quarter where we saw a spree of insanity. Up 13-7 Bismarck High’s running back, and the West’s leading rusher, Isaiah Huus was inches away from a touchdown and started to celebrate… prematurely. Huus was chased down from behind by Hilgeman and the ball was knocked through the back of the endzone for a touchback. Jamestown took over at their own 20 yard line with a chance to tie or take the lead with momentum on their side.
Unfortunately, Jamestown gave it right back. Two plays following Huus’ fumble Monson threw a backwards pass that was recovered by Bismarck. Two plays into the next Bismarck drive split end Jack Steckler scored on an end around to go up 20-7.
Next was the 51 yard score to Levin and then Bismarck really turned on the jets. The Demons went on a 21-0 run to end the first half and took a 41-14 advantage into the break. Despite the blunder from Huus, he turned in a phenomenal performance. Over 200 rushing yards in the first half alone and almost 250 yards in the game. Jamestown simply didn’t have an answer up front.
The vaunted rushing attack led to a season high 63 points for the Demons. Jamestown’s 35 points were the most allowed by Bismarck’s defense this season.
Next up for the Jays is the regular season finale at Mandan this Wednesday, October 21. If Jamestown wins they clinch a playoff spot. Coverage begins on Jamestown 107.1 FM and newsdakota.com