Not much went right on either side of the ball in the first two games of the season for the Jamestown High School football team.
That changed Saturday night.
After a shaky start, the Blue Jays dominated Williston for the final three quarters to get into the win column in a steady 29-13 performance at Gates Field.
The offense piled up 441 yards, while the defense bottled up Williston’s Alex Hanson all night, including eight sacks and a pair of interceptions of the Coyotes’ standout quarterback.
“After the last two weeks, this was refreshing,” coach Bill Cahill said. “I feel good for the kids. They’ve worked hard and it was good to see us come out and do some good things.”
Bangs accounted for over 300 yards of offense, completing 12 passes for 185 yards. He also ran 14 times for 138 yards. Walker chewed up 72 yards on just eight attempts.
Benke also showed a strong leg, going 2 for 2 on PATs, plus hitting a 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. He also had plenty of distance on a late 42-yard attempt that clanged off the right post.
The defense was equally strong. They sacked Hanson eight times. Jordan Piatz and Shane Gallagher had two each. Alex Looysen, Andy Bjugstad and Seth Bair had one each. Jordan Rasmussen also recorded a sack and late in the first half he picked off Hanson for the Jays’ second interception of the game. Earlier, Jordan Lynch came up with his second INT of the season against one of the state’s top passers.
“We weren’t perfect by any means, but I’m confident we got better from last week to this week,” Cahill said. “We can enjoy this one for 24 hours, but come Monday we have to go back to work and continue to try to make ourselves better.”
Jamestown 29, Williston 13
Williston 0 7 0 6 — 13
Jamestown 0 12 14 3 — 29
Williston — Derek Opperud 31 yard pass from Alex Hanson (Alex Dyer kick), 7:30.
JHS — Brian Sinner 65 pass from Michael Bangs (run failed), 5:24.
JHS — Jordan Piatz 20 pass from Bangs (pass failed), 1:34.
JHS — Bangs 5 run (Ryan Benke kick), 9:30.
JHS — Dakotah Walker 63 run (Benke kick), 5:44.
JHS — Benke 24 field goal, 7:42.
Williston — Opperud 38 pass from Hanson (pass failed), 6:07.
First downs 11 14
Rushes-yards 27-1 35-256
Comp-Att-Int 12-24-2 12-19-1
Passing yards 195 185
Total offense 196 441
Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-2
Punts-yards 7-192 3-91
Rushing: Alex Hanson 11-(-46), Morgan Axelson 6-7, Kaleb Barstad 7-36, Derek Wigness 2-10, Jacob Sesseman 1-(-6).
Passing: Hanson 12-24 195 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions.
Receiving: Derek Opperud 6-131, Nick Schoedel 2-17, Brady Lysne 1-25, Axelson 1-17, Dylan Wegley 1-8, Barstad 1-(3).
Rushing: Michael Bangs 14-138, Brandon Gange 11-44, Dakotah Walker 8-72, Dustin Deery 2-0.
Passing: Bangs 12-19 185 yards 2 touchdowns, 1 interception.
Receiving: Jordan Piatz 6-68, Brian Sinner 2-75, Brett Sinner 2-25, Walker 1-15, Gange 1-2.
Interceptions: Jordan Lynch, Jordan Rasmussen.
Records: Jamestown 1-2; Williston 1-2.