During practice on Tuesday, the Jamestown College football team was missing a few key members of its offense.
On the second play of team drills, starting center Brent Lemer went down with an injury. Starting quarterback Mike Beehler was already sidelined, and the Jimmies had received word that starting tailback Jay Tweed was likely done for the season with an ACL injury.
So the Jimmies were working without the starting center, quarterback and tailback.
"Baseball teams talk about being strong up the middle," Jimmies coach Bud Etzold said. "And there we were without our center, quarterback and tailback."
The good news for JC is that Lemer and Beehler were back in practice the next day, and it appears they’ll be ready to go this weekend at Mayville State.
But JC will have to turn to three youngsters at tailback.
"We’re already young, but it seems like we’re getting younger every day," Etzold said.
The Jimmies gave most of their carries against South Dakota Mines to Lance Johansen, a speedy redshirt freshman from Devils Lake. Matt Mithaugen, a true freshman from Fergus Falls, Minn., had his redshirt lifted and he ran for a touchdown in his first collegiate game. And Jared Volk, a redshirt freshman from Harvey, also got some playing time.
"Those three young tailbacks are going to have to carry the load for us," Etzold said.