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University of Jamestown
Football - Sat, Sep. 30, 2017

September 30, 2017

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JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Facing windy conditions Saturday afternoon at Rollie Greeno Field, the Dakota State University (S.D.) Trojan Football team rallied back from 14-7 deficit in the fourth quarter, tied the game at 14-14 and forced overtime with Jamestown (N.D.).  After the Jimmies failed to score on the first possession in overtime, the Trojans rallied back for a 20-14 thriller after Hagan Hines rushed for a touchdown.

Dakota State bounced back in the winning column, improving their overall record to 4-2 and 2-1 record in North Star conference play.  The Trojans are currently in a two-way tie for second in the North Star conference standings with Waldorf (Iowa), who defeated Valley City State (N.D.) 39-35 Saturday.  Jamestown fell to 1-5 overall record and 1-2 record in North Star. 

UJ owns the all-time series of 19-9, where the Trojans had won the last three meetings.  It was also DSU's fifth win in the last six meetings.  Dakota State also spoiled Jamestown's homecoming football game.


Dakota State received the ball first.  The Trojans went on to record 12 plays for 53 yards in 4 minutes, 47 seconds but could not convert their scoring opportunity.  DSU turned the ball on downs on UJ's 22-yard line with 10:13 on the clock.  DSU posted four first-downs during the first drive of the game.

Jamestown took advantage of DSU's turnover late in the first quarter.  Trojan Jacob Giles was sacked, fumbled the ball on DSU's 45-yard line and was recovered by Jimmie Gavin Pancirov at DSU's 31-yard line with 2:35 left in the first quarter.

The Jimmies went on to use 5 plays for 31 yards as Dylan Klatt connected to Braden Edwards for a 3-yard touchdown pass.  Chandler Johnson followed up with the PAT extra-point kick to give UJ a 7-0 lead with 46 seconds left in the first quarter.


The Trojans got on board in the second quarter.  After the Jimmies were forced to punt with less than nine minutes to go, DSU opened the drive with a 42-yard rush by Hines from DSU's 38-yard line to UJ's 20-yard line.

Jamestown committed two straight defensive penalties, resulting in a pair of first-downs for the Trojans to the UJ's 2-yard line.  Facing fourth-and-goal situation on UJ's 3-yard line, Giles rushed for a 3-yard touchdown run for DSU's first points of the game.  Brywn Ractliffe followed up with a successful PAT extra-point kick as Dakota State knotted the game at 7-7 with 6:03 to go in the first-half.  DSU recorded 5 plays for 62 yards in 2:20 for their first scoring drive.

The game was tied at 7-7 by halftime.


Jamestown kicked off the third quarter with 14 plays for 74 yards in 7:04 to regain their lead.  Klatt threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Braden Edwards with 7:56 on the clock.  Johnson added the PAT extra-point kick as UJ earned a 14-7 lead.

Dakota State prevented Jamestown from scoring late in the third quarter.  The Jimmies recorded 13 plays for 56 yards in 6:25, but was turned on downs on DSU's 24-yard line.

Jamestown controlled the ball in the third quarter for 13 minutes, 29 seconds compared to Dakota State 1 minute, 31 seconds for time possession.


Dakota State was unable to score a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.  With the ball on UJ's 1-yard line, the Trojans were whistled for a penalty and pushed the ball back to 15-yard line.  DSU could not reduce UJ's lead as Ractliffe missed a 32-yard field goal attempt with 12:07 remaining.

With Dakota State starting their drive on DSU's 29-yard line with 6:11 to go in the game, Giles opened up with a 30-yard pass to Austin Opdahl to UJ's 41-yard line.  The Trojans produced another first-down, thanks to an 11-yard rush by Hines from UJ's 26-yard line to UJ's 15-yard line.  Hines added a 9-yard rush to UJ's 6-yard line.

Facing third-and-one situation, Hines rushed for a 6-yard touchdown with 3:13 left in the game.  DSU's Ractiliffe tied the game at 14-14 after a successful PAT extra-point attempt.  The Trojans registered 9 plays for 71 yards in 2:58 in their scoring drive.

Either team was unable to add another score in the final 3:13 of the game, extending the game into overtime.


Jamestown received the ball first in overtime, starting on DSU's 25-yard line.  The Jimmies were unable to record a first down, forcing them to attempt a 40-yard field goal.  Johnson's 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked by DSU's Curt Boeke.

Then it was Dakota State's turn.  Giles opened up with a 13-yard pass to Mason Leighton to UJ's 12-yard line.  Hines followed up with a 12-yard touchdown run, securing a thrilling overtime victory over the Jimmies.


Hines led the Trojans' offense attack with 15 rushes for 139 yards with two touchdowns.  Brodie Frederiksen added 12 rushes for 50 yards.

Giles was 8-of-25 for 83 passing yards for Dakota State.  Opdahl had two receptions for 34 yards.  Leighton added two catches for 32 yards.  Mitchell Galloway caught two passes for 19 yards. 

Kaden Hight recorded five punts for a total of 229 yards.  Two of his punts went inside the 20-yard line, as well as two other punts for touchback.  Ractliffe was 2-of-2 on PAT extra-point kicks.  Brendon Waldner had two kick-off returns for a total of 51 yards.

Baily Edwards led DSU's defense with 12 tackles.  John Trout added 10 tackles.  Boeke had nine tackles and a blocked field goal.  Hunter Smith and Ron Tortorello each tallied seven tackles.  Daidrick Kibbie had a forced fumble.

Klatt was 12-of-21 for 93 yards and threw two touchdown passes for Jamestown.  Edwards had four receptions for 41 yards and two touchdowns.  Jimmy Hatch also had four catches for 23 yards.  Josh Verghis caught three passes for 24 yards.

Jackson He ran 21 times for 108 yards for UJ.  Hatch added 22 rushes for 87 yards.

Caleb Ellingson led the Jimmies with nine tackles and 2.5 tackles-for-loss of 6.0 yards.  Keith Rogers and Zach Nelson each had six tackles.  Andrew Jensen registered a quarterback sack. 


Jamestown recorded 306 total offensive yards compared to Dakota State 255 total offensive yards.  The Jimmies had 213 rushing yards while the Trojans had 172 rushing yards.  UJ threw for 93 yards.  DSU had 83 passing yards.

The Jimmies produced 20 first-downs in the game compared to the Trojans' 19 first-downs.  Five of DSU's first-downs came from UJ's penalties. 

UJ was whistled for 12 penalties for a total of 120 yards.  DSU had 7 penalties or 62 yards.

Dakota State averaged 45.8 yards per punt (5 punts) compared to Jamestown 34.4 yards per punt (7 punts).

The Jimmies maintained the ball for 36 minutes, 2 seconds while the Trojans had a time possession of 23 minutes, 58 seconds.

Jamestown converted 8-of-16 on third-downs.  Dakota State was 3-of-12 on third-down situations.


Dakota State returns home next Saturday (Oct. 7) as they continue their North Star conference action.  The Trojans host Waldorf (Iowa) at Trojan Field.  Kick-off is set for 6 p.m.

Jamestown takes a week off before returning back to action.  The Jimmies visit Presentation (S.D.) on Oct. 14 with a kick-off starting at 7 p.m.  The game will be held at Swisher Field in Aberdeen.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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