David Selvig / Forum Communications Co., Published September 22 2012
Valley City State edges Jamestown
Valley City State bent, but didn’t break, and as a result the Paint Bucket stays in Valley City.
Derek Elliott’s game-opening 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was a perfect start for the No. 20-ranked Vikings as they nipped the Jimmies for the third time in two years with a 13-10 college football win Saturday at Rollie Greeno Field.
“We tell our guys, tough times never endure, but tough people do,” Jamestown head coach Shawn Frank said. “It’s extremely disappointing, extremely frustrating, but we just have to keep moving forward.”
The win for the Vikings (3-1) gave VCSU a 32-28 edge in the Paint Bucket Series, which dates back to 1961, and pulled it within one game of the Jimmies in the all-time head-to-head series (49-48-4).
“This game is what small-college football is all about,” said Valley City State coach Dennis McCulloch. “It may not have been the prettiest game, but it was a very competitive game in a great atmosphere. I’ve been involved in these games for 19 years and win or lose, there’s nothing better.”
It was a case of the one that got away for the Jimmies.
They missed two makeable field goals, squandered great first-half field position and left points on the field.
“When we look at the tape, we’ll see a lot of good things. But this is a results-orientated business, that’s the bottom line,” Frank said.
Ryan Benke missed a
27-yard field goal on the Jimmies’ first drive when they opted to kick instead of going for it on fourth-and-1 at the VCSU 9-yard line.
The drive was crisp, and needed, for the Jimmies after Elliott’s electrifying start to the game.
“We knew they like to kick right, so I lined up on that side. The guys did a great job blocking,” said Elliott, the Valley City native. “I made one cut and then just had to outrun the kicker. It was a great way to start the game.”
The Jimmies (1-4) dominated the rest of the first half, but could not score. They finally got on the scoreboard with another nice drive to start the second half when Craig Anderson boomed one in from 26 yards out to make it 7-3.
But that was all they got until the second-to-last-play of the game when Gus Ramasco hit Michael Sena for a 6-yard score, but it came with just three seconds left in the game. The Vikings recovered the ensuing onside kick to ice it, despite being outgained by more than 100 yards. Reid Haagenson and Andrew Hammond led another strong outing from the Jamestown defense.
Aaron Freije, a senior out of West Fargo, was all over the field for the Vikings, finishing with three sacks and 15 tackles.
“We knew this would be a dogfight. It always is and probably always will be,” McCulloch said.
VCSU 7 0 6 0–13
JC 0 0 3 7–10
VCSU–Elliott 90 kick return (Cortez kick)
JC–Anderson 25 FG
VCSU–Cino 2 run (kick failed)
JC–Hernandez 6 pass from Ramasco (Benke kick)
First downs 20 12
Rushes-yards 43-215 37-129
Passing 120 104
Comp-Att-Int 13-34-1 8-18-0
Punts-Avg. 5-46.0 6-32.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 7-61 9-58
Time of Possession 36:05 23:55
RUSHING: VCSU, Cino 17-79, Goerts 6-23, Elliot 8-22, Zinke 3-3, Growden 1-2. JC, Johansen 24-169, Mithaugen 11-55, Ramasco 8-(minus-9).
PASSING: VCSU, Zinke 8-18-0 104 yards. JC, Ramasco 13-33-1 120.
RECEIVING: VCSU, Eliacin 3-32, Elliot 2-38, Lum 2-26, Miller 1-8. JC, Sena 4-25, Spanton 2-37, Dohmann 2-12, Wilson 1-13, Bachman 1-10, Roemmich 1-10, Erbes 1-7, Hernandez 1-6.
Selvig is the sports editor for the Jamestown Sun