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Jamestown College

Jamestown returns 10 offensive starters from last year, and we aren’t sure yet whether this is a good or a bad thing.  The Jimmies had games where the offense put up 0, 7, 10, and 13 points.  Beau Erikkson won two out of three games for the Jimmies down the stretch and he returns an experienced group of receivers with Jr. Trent Roemmich, Sr. Jake Erbes, So. Mike Sena, and Sr. tight end Derrick Dohmann.  Three of these four receivers are over 6’3” and will cause matchup problems against almost any teams defensive backs.  The Jimmies lose both of their leading rushers from last season but with an experienced offensive line anchored by Sr. Mike Findlay, Jr. Sean Emry, and Jr. Jared Steinberger along with a potentially explosive passing game, it should be easier to develop a running game as the season moves along.

Defensively, Jamestown was solid but not spectacular, as they held 6 of 10 opponents below 21 points.  When playing teams that will be in the North Star Athletic Association, the only team to break 21 was Dakota State, and they needed two overtimes to do it!  The linebacking core for the Jimmies will be the strongest part of their defense and with Sr. Chris Sharp, Sr. Dillon Kelly, So. Jared Mack, and So. Anthony Buzzell the Jimmies have weapons galore in the middle of their defense.  Where they will need to make the biggest improvement will be on the defensive line.  They will need to develop depth and will rely on Sr. Chris Englestad to lead their young talent along.  Coach Shawn Frank ahs made a habit of developing defensive backs, so the fact that they don’t have a ton of returners in the secondary shouldn’t be of huge concern, but watch for Sr. J.T. Petsch to have a big year.

Jamestown was only 2 of 8 kicking field goals last year and it appears that neither of their two kickers are returning which could be a blessing in disguise.  They return Mike Sena in the kick return game, but otherwise that cupboard also appears to be pretty bare. 

The non-conference schedule for the Jimmies is extremely difficult, but I think the Jimmies are the class of the NSAA this season.  The best case scenario for the Jimmies is a 7-3 record with two wins over Valley City State and losses to Rocky Mountain, Wisconsin Stout, and SD School of Mines.  Worst case scenario, the Jimmies go 5-5 and end up second in the conference.  My official prediction for the Jimmies is a 6-4 record, with one conference loss to Valley City State and the inaugural North Star Athletic Association conference championship.