Jamestown wins NDHSAA 11A Football State Title
November 12, 2021 6:00 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
FARGO – An NDHSAA-sponsored football state championship trophy can now be added to Jamestown High School’s athletics trophy case.
The Blue Jays defeated Bismarck St. Mary’s 41-27 in the NDHSAA 11A Football State Championship Game during Dakota Bowl XXIX on Friday, November 12 at the FARGODOME.
You have to go back all the way to the Great Depression to find a claim to a football state title supported by winning the “unofficial state title game” for Jamestown High School prior to Friday’s victory over the Saints.
The Blue Jays won a football state title in 1933 – an unofficial championship game won 12-6 over Fargo Central held after the regular season. Starting in 1975, the NDHSAA began sponsoring state playoffs and state championship games. Since then, Jamestown appeared in two NDHSAA state football championship games – 1991 and 1994. Both times the Blue Jays were thwarted by Bismarck St. Mary’s playing in the then 11-man Class A football division.
On Friday, Jamestown (10-2) was able to get past the Saints (10-2). The matchup was even in the early going as the Blue Jays and Saints traded three scores apiece in the first half. The game was knotted 20-20 at halftime.
Jamestown separated from St. Mary’s in the third quarter. Junior quarterback Payton Hochhalter threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Brode Hillstrom with five minutes, 51 seconds left in the third quarter.
A big momentum swing happened on the final play of the third quarter. Jamestown junior defensive back Aden Braun strip-sacked St. Mary’s quarterback Nick Schumacher at the Saints’ 45 yard-line. Jamestown senior linebacker Thomas Allmer scooped up the fumble and returned it for a touchdown as time expired in the third quarter.
St. Mary’s answered with a 24-yard touchdown run by Schumacher with 9:14 left to play, but the Saints were unable to get the equalizer.
Jamestown senior running back Jakob Schempp closed the game out with a 38 yard touchdown run with just over two minutes left in regulation, restoring the Blue Jays’ two-score cushion.
Leading the way for the Blue Jays offensively were Schempp and Hochhalter. Schempp rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Hochhalter passed for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
Jamestown’s defense held the Saints to 51 yards rushing. Schumacher finished the game 19 of 35 passing for 267 yards and two touchdowns.