The Yellow Jackets last Saturday took on the #18 ranked Jamestown College Jimmies on their home field. The Yellow Jackets came out strong and played like a team that had everything on the line. “Our kids didn’t have much riding on this game but more importantly we played the game because it was a football Saturday,” said Head Coach John Scott.
The Jackets held a 7-3 lead at halftime with not everything going their way. “Our defense played one of the best half’s of football that we played all year, which was vital because the offense had been handcuffed with poor field possession,” added Coach Scott. The Yellow Jackets started five drives inside the six yard line. In the second half the Yellow Jackets got up 20-10 entering the fourth quarter, when Jamestown got on track offensively and narrowed the gap to 20-17 to make things really interesting. Junior wide receiver Corey Wheeler was forced into kicking duties due to injuries where he connected on a field goal from 36 yards at the five minute mark to give them a cushion. The Jimmies answered right back going 70 yards to eventually score to give them a one point lead at 24-23, with less than a minute to play. The Yellow Jackets then took the kickoff to the 30 yard line with 55 seconds remaining in the contest. In one play sophomore quarterback Drew Hodgs found Corey Wheeler on the far sideline. “The defensive back just missed the ball and Corey was able outrun the remaining defenders to the end zone,” said Coach Scott. The touchdown gave the Yellow Jackets a 29-24 lead, but also gave the Jimmies 45 seconds to work with. The Jimmies made their way to the Yellow Jacket 30 yard line where they attempted a pass in the end zone but was intercepted by senior linebacker Tyler Tetrault with no time left securing the Yellow Jacket victory.
This Saturday, the Yellow Jackets travel to Rapid City to face long time rival South Dakota School of Mines. This will be the second time the two teams have faced off with the opening game being a non-conference game. “This game is really important for both programs in the fact that our kids want to finish on a high note and a Mines win would validate how far their program has come over the past few years,” said Coach Scott.
Offensively the Yellow Jackets will look to handle their pressure which will come from many looks on the defensive side of the ball. On defense the Yellow Jackets will try to slow down an offense that accounted for over 400 yards in the first meeting.
Game time this Saturday is at 1 PM MST and if you are not planning on attending the game you can view it on the South Dakota Mines Athletic Website through pay per view. The Yellow Jacket are currently 6-3 on the season and the Hardrockers are 4-5 entering this game.
Week 9 Players of the Week:
Offensive Player of the Week:
Drew Hodgs SO QB Douglas, WY
Defensive Players of the Week:
Tony Dill SR CB Casper, WY
Special Teams Player of the Week:
Corey Wheeler JR WR/K Cheyenne, WY
Scout Offensive Player of the Week:
Rick White RFR OL Spearfish, SD
Scout Defensive Player of the Week:
Stephen Easton RFR LB Torrington, WY