JAMESTOWN - It's no surprise that on a cold, rainy night, the better running team prevailed Wednesday at Ernie Gates Field.
Minot racked up 387 yards on the ground, including 208 and two touchdowns from Brady Lampert, as the Magicians punched their Class AAA playoff ticket with a 19-0 win over Jamestown.
The Magicians (7-2 overall, 4-2 West Region) locked up the region's No. 3 seed with the victory.
"We could have been knocked out," Minot coach Barry Holmen said. "We responded well from some adversity. We feel like we earned that 3-seed. We didn't back in."
Jamestown, on the other hand, ends its season at 2-7. The Blue Jays entered the game with a shot at the playoffs. They needed at least a six-point win, or a win and a Dickinson loss.
"We fought every game all year," Jamestown senior Tyler Hennings said. "We know we're a good team. It's just some things didn't work out and we came up a little short."
Minot made sure of that, scoring two its three touchdowns in the first quarter to get an early lead.
The Magicians' weapon of choice was a jet-sweep option with the tight end motioning across that allowed Minot quarterback Alex Yanosko to hand it off to the end, the tailback or keep it himself. It worked well, as Minot posted 202 rushing yards in the first half including a 67-yard TD run from Yanosko on the Magicians' third play from scrimmage. Yanosko finished with 131 yards on 20 carries.
"They have a very good offense; they're very good at hiding the ball," Hennings said. "Give credit to them. They're a good team."
Holmen said the offense was the perfect fit for the conditions. High winds caused a steady slant rain from start to finish.
"It's a little offensive package that really is a nice thing to have when you have bad weather," Holmen said. "It's sort of option football without pitching the ball."
After Minot's first score, Jamestown drove down the field to the Magicians' 22-yard line before quarterback Matt Grounds' pass fell incomplete on fourth-and-10.
Minot came back with a nine-play, 78-yard drive capped by Lampert's 1-yard TD run. The 5-foot-10, 176-pound junior added a 5-yard score late in the third quarter.
"We got our butts whooped last week (against Bismarck High)," Holmen said. "We had something to prove."
The Blue Jays, in an effort to score quickly, ended with only four rushing plays in the second half, none of which went to senior tailback Anthony Cook. Grounds had 13 carries for 50 yards, but attempted 27 passes. He completed eight for 100 yards, with Tyler Ukestad catching two balls for 46 yards.