Courtesy of Midland Athletics
FREMONT, Neb. – After being held in check in the first half, No. 19 Midland University rallied behind its defense to come back to defeat the University of Jamestown on homecoming. The Warriors’ defense turned the Jimmies over seven times in the game and took one of their four interceptions back a score in the 21-10 victory. Midland remains unbeaten at 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Jamestown falls to 2-3 and 1-3 in the GPAC.
Jamestown put up the only points of the first half. On their opening possession, they drove the ball 65 yards in eight plays. The key play of the scoring drive came on a third and long from their own 38-yard line. Cade Torgerson found Steve Justice for 37 yards through the air. Five plays later, Torgerson connected with Austin Stallan from eight yards out for the Jimmies’ touchdown.
In the second half, Jamestown had solid opening possession of the half once again. After holding the Warriors to a three-and-out, they moved the ball down the field but saw their drive stall at the 21-yard line of the Warriors. Aanon Peterson came on for the 38-yard field goal, putting the Jimmies up 10-0 near the midpoint of the third quarter.
After the UJ kickoff was pushed out of bounds, the Warriors took advantage of the great field position. They responded with a seven-play drive for a touchdown. Trevor Jones picked up a big 38-yard run to spark the offense and then Isaiah Tucker ran it in from five yards out for the touchdown.
Trailing by three and heading into the final quarter, Midland’s defense dialed in and held Jamestown’s offense in check. Trevor Ziemba picked off a Torgerson pass with just under eight minutes to go and returned it to the 26-yard line, setting up Garrison Beach and the Warriors’ offense.
After a 17-yard run by Brandon Blum and an 8-yard run by Jones, Beach kept it himself and punched it into the endzone from one yard out.
The final score of the game came from the Midland defense which had three fumble recoveries and four interceptions on the day. With 2:41 left on the clock, Gage McGill picked off Torgerson and returned the ball 25 yards for the insurance touchdown.
In addition to the interceptions by McGill and Ziemba, Midland had picks from Jordan Ptacek and Gunner Todorovich. Tray Kingsland, Dylan Kor, and Ziemba had fumble recoveries as the Warriors finished the turnover battle plus-seven.
Chase Lipsys and Trevor Havlovic lead the way with six tackles. The duo, who rank 2nd and 3rd in career sacks for the Warriors, added to their totals. Lipsys had 1.5 sacks and Havlovic had 1 one. McGill and Xavier Green were the next highest with five stops. Cameron Payne had three pass breakups in the defensive backfield.
Offensively, Jones had 84 yards on 16 carries. Tucker had nine rushes for 72 yards and one score. Beach had 12 rushes with one touchdown. In the passing game, Beach completed 12 of 24 passes for 81 yards.
“Hats off to Jamestown, they’ve got an explosive offense but our defense came through in the second half to help us get the win today,” said head coach Jeff Jamrog. “Our D had four takeaways in the fourth quarter. It was great to see our guys making plays. I am really proud of how we played in the second half. At times it looked bleak but we never blinked. We kept attacking and kept believing we’d make enough plays to win it, and we did.”
Next week it’ll be a battle of ranked and unbeaten teams as Midland (5-0, 4-0 GPAC) hosts No. 1-ranked Morningside (3-0, 3-0 GPAC). The Mustangs are reigning national champions and have won 60-straight regular season games.