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Briar Cliff loses close one at Jamestown | KTIC Radio

Briar Cliff loses close one at Jamestown

Briar Cliff loses close one at Jamestown
Courtesy/Briar Cliff University

Kwame Johnson ran for 107 yards and Noah Ylagan broke the career rushing yards mark for Briar Cliff, but the Chargers fell to Jamestown 34-32 on Saturday in Jamestown, N.D.

Ylagan passed Mitch Heikes for the top spot in the record books for BC rushers, needing 27 yards on the day and finishing with 40. Ylagan also had a 41-yard touchdown pass for the Chargers, who came up just short of a comeback victory.

Briar Cliff scored a touchdown with 4:53 left in the contest, but failed on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game thanks to a blocked extra point by BC on a previous Jamestown touchdown. The Chargers had one more opportunity and drove down the field inside the Jimmie 10-yard line, but a bad snap on a field goal try put the game away for Jamestown.

“This was a very disappointing loss for our team,” said BC head coach Dennis Wagner. “Many missed opportunities, we must regroup and learn from our mistakes.”

The Blue and Gold fumbled the ball three times, with Jamestown recovering twice, and also had one pass intercepted. All three turnovers occurred in the first half and the two fumble recoveries were answered by Jamestown touchdowns. The interception came as the Cliff was trying to drive for a late score in the half, keeping the Chargers down by two heading in to the break.

Jacob Diaz got the start at quarterback again for BC. Diaz is third on the depth chart but has been filling in due to injuries. Diaz was 11-of-23 passing for 255 yards and four touchdowns to just one interception. Elijah Brown led all receivers with three catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Khamren Davenport also hauled in three passes for 79 yards and two scores. Logann Freeman recorded a receiving touchdown, finishing with three catches for 70 yards.

Marcus Giles was the top receiver for Jamestown with three catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Mann led the Jimmies offense from the QB position, completing 17-of-24 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

Briar Cliff outgained Jamestown 473-383 with both offenses on the field for 65 plays. The Chargers were 5-of-13 on third downs, while the Jimmies were slightly better at 6-of-13. Both teams were flagged for five penalties with Briar Cliff’s penalty yardage equaling 40 yards, compared to 43 for Jamestown. The Charger defense recorded two sacks, while the BC offense did not allow a sack. Caleb Wilson led the Cliff in tackles with 11, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Jamestown’s Caleb Ellingson led all players with 15 tackles.

The win gives Jamestown its first GPAC win in the Jimmies inaugural season in the conference, moving to 1-4 in league play and 2-5 overall. Briar Cliff still sits in third place in the conference with an even 2-2 league record as the Chargers will look to reach five total wins for the second time in program history next week. Briar Cliff will take its 4-2 overall record into a matchup with Concordia (3-2, 2-2 GPAC) that is set to kickoff at 1 p.m. next Saturday, October 13 at Memorial Field.

“We hope our fans and students come out next Saturday to support the team and help us get back on track,” said Coach Wagner.

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