JIMTOWN — Even in runaway Friday night high school games, fans yearn for that moment to talk about on Saturday morning.
Jimtown had two conversation starters in its 42-21 romp over Twin Lakes Friday, Nov. 8 for a 3A sectional championship.
Plays by Adam Gill and another by Nik Olson — two juniors — appeared perfectly harmless in nature when they started, but they were anything but innocent.
The victory was, by most measures, secured when Jimtown put up 28 points in the second quarter. The Jimmies built the lead to 42-0 before the Indians could find the end zone.
Performances across the board were stellar for Jimtown, but Gill and Olson puncuated the Jimmies’ dominance and Twin Lakes’ frustration.
Adam Gill made the first one.
Already leading 21-0 and having come close to blocking one Indian punt, Gill came across the line clean on another Twin Lakes attempt and smothered the ball a split-second after it left Derek Napier’s foot. Seven plays later, JHS scored for the third time in the final 5:46 of the half.
Twin Lakes basically handed Gill the clean opening.
“One of their linemen was like, ‘Okay, don’t worry about him,”’ said Gill, a junior. “And then they went free to release me and I just went. I thought, I’m going to shoot right through there if you’re not going to block me.”
Tyler Lundy covered the ball for JHS which ended the half with quarterback Marquis Schieber hitting Nate Thompson 10 seconds before intermission.
Things then got weird in the third period.
The Indians turned the ball over on downs at the their own 49 and on a routine second-and-2 play from the 47, Olson scooted right and was quickly held up for what looked like a 1-yard gain.
Olson, though, never was brought down by the swarm of Twin Lakes tacklers. He spun from the pile of bodies, reversed field and outran defenders for a sparkling 47-yard touchdown.
The Jimmie halfback had no idea how Indians players he ran into.
“I kept getting hit ... it was crazy. I thought I was stuck, then I was still up and I saw an opening across the field,” Olson said. “A couple of guys missed ... I think they bounced off each other. I was still up, saw a huge opening.
“When I got the ball, I saw there was nothing so I just tried diving for it, getting as many yards as I could. They did a great job of blocking the backside. I owe it all to my offensive line. I just ran.”
“It was just a big pile,’’ said senior Jordan Hutsell, one of the line blockers. “I thought it was over. Nik does amazing stuff.”
The play — and the game — were over when Olson crossed the goalline.
“We were just killing ourselves. Granted, they’re a very, very good football team, but we gave them too much,” said Twin Lakes coach Justin Gardiner said. “You can’t give a good team those kinds of chances that we did with the fumble and blocked punt.”
“We moved it a little, we couldn’t finish drives, then we got behind. We couldn’t stay in it. They were bringing a lot of pressure on us and we were having trouble with that. It’s hard to simulate that in practices.”
Mike Campbell, Jimtown’s head coach, says his team’s maturation and hard work put it in line for a regional trip next week to Andrean. The Jims will take a 10-2 record to face the unbeaten 59ers.
“Ten wins and a sectional championship ... and we get to play in a regional,” Campbell said. “There are only eight teams left in our class. That’s an amazing thing to accomplish with a group of kids.”
The Indians, who managed just 47 total yards at the half, scored three times in the game’s final 3:22. Twin Lakes finished with 327 yards, including 278 through the air, though most of those came in the last six minutes of the contest. At halftime, it managed just 47 total yards.
“We did a nice job of taking away everything they wanted to do,” Campbell said. “They got a couple of passes early ... they wanted to run the ball and they couldn’t.”
Jimtown hammered the ball on the ground as usual and finished with 273 yards, including 175 in the first half. Olson finished with 113 yards and Casey Adams added 94 and two scores. Schieber ran for a TD and pass for two others.
“Offensively, I thought we did an outstanding job of taking what they gave us,” Campbell said. “We caused some turnovers ... we outplayed their kids overall. It’s a testament to these kids. They come to work every day. Now they get to play a great Andrean team.”
Jimtown 42, Twin Lakes 21
Scoring by Quarters
Twin Lakes 0 0 0 21 — 21
Jimtown 0 28 7 7 — 42
School — Scoring Play
Jim — Casey Adams 3 run; Hannes Krogmann kick, 11:48.
Jim — Tyler Lundy 10 pass from Marquis Schieber; Krogmann kick, 5:46.
Jim — Schieber 12 run; Krogmann kick, 3:40.
Jim — Nate Thompson 4 pass from Schieber; Krogmann kick, :10.
Jim — Nik Olson 47 run; Krogmann kick, 7:08.
Jim — Adams 20 run; Krogmann kick, 11:23.
TL — Michael Griffin 11 run; Ryan Hibbetts kick, 3:22.
TL — Blake Bennington 69 pass from Cameron Bennington; Hibbets kick, :54.
TL — C. Bennington 3 run; Hibbets kick, :12.
Officials: Joe O’Bryan, Al DeRue, Tim Stutsman, Chuck Henry, Aaron Koszyk.
Team Statistics TL Ji
Net yards rushing 49 273
Net yards passing 278 20
Total Yards 327 293
First Downs 11 16
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0
Penalties 4-35 2-25
Twin Lakes: Rushing — Michael Griffin 9-42. Passing — Cameron Bennington 13-24-278 (0 int.). Receiving — Levi Pitts 7-79.
Jimtown: Rushing — Nik Olson 14-113, Casey Adams 16-94, Marquis Schieber 9-57. Passing — Schieber 2-2-20 (0 int.). Receiving — Tyler Lundy 1-10, Nate Thompson 1-10. Fumble recoveries — Chris Withrow, Casey Adams, Tyler Lundy.