On a muddy field in Jamestown, N.D., the hometown Jimmies were able to spoil the season finale for Briar Cliff’s football team with a 31-10 Jamestown victory on Saturday.
The Chargers never looked comfortable with the playing surface, while the Jimmies have dealt with the tough field conditions all season and picked up their second win on the mud filled Taylor Stadium.
Jamestown jumped out to a 14-0 lead before Briar Cliff seemed to gain mometum around the halftime break. The Chargers drove 59 yards just before half but had to settle for a field goal at the 3 yard line as time was about to expire after a 38-yard completion to Kobe Johnson. Johnson also had a 14-yard catch on the drive as he finished with a team-high 68 yards receiving.
With the score sitting at 14-3, BC then started the second half with the ball and continued to click offensively with an eight play, 58 yard drive that ended with a five yard touchdown run by Nate Villalobos. The DB on the roster was thrown into QB duties and went 9-for-21 throwing for 119 yards while rushing for 36 yards and the team’s only TD.
Momentum looked to be with the road Chargers as the Cliff even started a drive on Jamestown’s side of the field later in the quarter after a muffed punt, but the Jimmies defense was able to hold strong late. Jamestown seemingly got all the momentum back on the first play of the final stanza when the offense executed a flea-flicker to perfection for a 42-yard touchdown. Jamestown outscored BC 17-0 in the final frame to cruise to the victory.
Jamestown outgained Briar Cliff 338-190 in the game with a significant edge on the ground, 165-69. The Jimmies had 17 first downs compared to just nine for the Chargers. Briar Cliff was called for 12 penalties in the game, resulting in 76 yards. Jamestown was called for five penalties for 48 yards.
Jamestown improved to 2-9 on the season with a 2-7 mark in GPAC play. Briar Cliff dropped to 5-6 overall and 4-5 in the GPAC. The Chargers are still looking for the first winning conference season in program history.
Alexander Johnson Jr. led all players in the game with 11 tackles (7 solo). MJ Montgomery finished with nine stops for the Blue and Gold. Robert Robinson had two tackles for loss and one sack, adding to his team single season record total with 10.0 on the year.