|Aroused Wildcats punish Thunderbirds|
|Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:29 AM|
DELPHOS — Lima Central Catholic is no longer a member of the Northwest Conference but that didn’t matter to an aroused Jefferson gridiron squad Friday night.
The Wildcats used excellent offensive balance and a defense that took away the coveted big plays that the Thunderbirds have lived on, grabbing a crucial 35-19 victory to solidify their number 2 spot in the Region 22 rankings.
“We viewed this as a playoff game; LCC was and is a playoff-caliber team that we could see again this year. We have a happy group of kids right now; this was a big win for us, even though it’s not a conference game,” Jefferson coach Bub Lindeman said. “We knew coming in we’d have to be physical with them from the start. We didn’t want to let them get off quickly, especially in the first and third quarters. We didn’t give them a lot of the big plays they have been known for this year.”
Though the Wildcats (5-0) didn’t score on their first possession, they established the passing game in the first half.
After giving up a first down on the Thunderbirds’ (3-2) first drive, Tyler Mox returned the punt 25 yards to set the Red and White offense up at midfield. Senior Austin Jettinghoff (16-of-30 passing, 197 yards) threw for 11 yards to Ross Thompson (7 grabs, 112 yards). Then senior tailback Zavier Buzard (29 totes, 216 yards, 4 scores) took a counter off right guard, broke an arm tackle at the line and was gone to paydirt. Kurt Wollenhaupt delivered the extra point for a 7-0 edge with 8:00 left in the opening period.
“We wanted to beat LCC badly. Our senior group has not lost to LCC as eighth-graders, freshmen or now as seniors,” Buzard noted. “I have to give it to the line tonight, as it has been all year. They have opened up holes all year. We Like to keep pounding on people all year; that’s why we condition so much during the week.”
That crew includes, from left to right, Aaron Culp, Adam Crabtree, Justin Stewart, Noah Illig and Isaac Illig.
LCC punter Colin Stolly pinned the Wildcats on their 1 on the next possession with a 64-yarder. Though the hosts did get out to the 46, a fumble recovered by Cory Stewart at the 43, plus a personal foul on the hosts, put the visitors in business at the 28. Four plays later at the 4, Kalito Lasenby (15 rushes, 53 yards) took a handoff off right guard and found paydirt with 3:00 showing in the first. Stolly added the extra point for a 7-7 tie.
The guests took over on the 42 on their next drive and marched 58 yards in six plays. At the Delphos 42, Stolly (12 totes, 46 yards; 16-of-30 passing, 183 yards) rolled right on a keeper, cut up, spun out of tackles at the 35 and was gone to the house. However, he missed the conversion for a 13-7 lead at the 11:09 mark of the second period.
The Wildcats responded with an 8-play, 58-yard drive, keyed by a 28-yard kick return by Buzard, split evenly between four runs and four passes. At the LCC 1, Buzard took a handoff off left guard and scooted outside to the goalline with 9:13 on the clock. Wollenhaupt’s point-after gave the hosts the lead for good at 14-13.
The Wildcats forced a T-Bird punt and Mox made an outstanding 53-yard return to the house that was nullified by an illegal block. The ’Cats did start at the guest 43 but a key holding call stymied the drive and they had to punt.
Jordan McCann set up the next drive on a fumble recovery at the LCC 42 and ended it in the end zone on the seventh play. With Buzard out of the game due to losing his helmet, McCann burrowed up the gut from the 1. Wollenhaupt made it a 21-13 halftime score with 41 ticks on the board.
After forcing a 3-and-out on LCC’s first series of the second half, the hosts turned to the running of Buzard on a 10-play, 85-yard sequence. Buzard, who ran six times for 62 yards, finished it with a 7-yard sweep over the left side, veering toward the pylon and the six with 5:36 showing in the third. Wollenhaupt made it 28-13.
The Thunderbirds replied with a 10-play, 68-yarder. With Stolly finding senior speedster Mykale Rogers (5 catches, 57 yards) four times for 41 yards on the drive, Lasenby ended it with a 1-yard run inside left guard with 1:40 to go in the third. Stolly hit the right upright on the kick to keep it a 28-19 score.
After forcing a 3-and-out, LCC took over at the 47 and reached the Delphos 36 in three plays. However, a key sack of Stolly by Thompson short-circuited the drive and the guests turned the ball over on downs at the 35.
Jefferson moved to the LCC 28 on their next drive, keyed by a 30-yard connection from Jettinghoff to Thompson. However, it ended on downs there.
Forcing a 3-and-out, Stolly, back in punt formation, tried to convert a fourth-and-6 at the 32 but was dropped by Dalton Hicks at the 31.
The Wildcats put it away with a 5-play drive. At the 3, Buzard took a handoff off left guard and veered to the pylon with 5:43 to go. Wollenhaupt tacked on the final tally.
“We came out wanted to throw the ball; we know LCC’s coaches get the same tapes we do and they would focus on the running game defensively, so we wanted to keep them off-balance,” Lindeman added. “Austin doesn’t always get the stats but he really runs the offense well. Our fofensive line did a tremendous job of controlling the line of scrimmage from the start, either in protecting Austin or opening holes for Zavier. He does a great job of reading the holes.”
Jefferson hosts Crestview Friday night.
JEFFERSON 35, LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC 19
Lima CC 7 6 6 0 - 19
Jefferson 7 14 7 7 - 35
DJ - Zavier Buzard 39 run (Kurt Wollenhaupt kick), 8:00
LC - Kalito Lasenby 4 run (Colin Stolly kick), 3:00
LC - Stolly 42 run (kick failed), 11:09
DJ - Buzard 1 run (Wollenhaupt kick), 9:03
DJ - Jordan McCann 1 run (Wollenhaupt kick), :41
DJ - Buzard 7 run (Wollenhaupt kick), 5:36
LC - Lasenby 1 run (kick failed), 1:40
DJ - Buzard 3 run (Wollenhaupt kick), 5:43
Lima CC Jefferson
First Downs 15 22
Total Yards 297 437
Rushes-Yards 34-113 40-240
Passing Yards 183 197
Comps.-Atts. 16-30 16-30
Intercepted by 0 0
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 7-60 4-45
Punts-Aver. 4-46 4-30.5
LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC
RUSHING: Kalito Lasenby 15-53, Colin Stolly 12-46, Dimitri Floyd 4-19, Mykale Rogers 1-7, Team 1-(-)5, Ethan O’Connor 1-(-)7.
PASSING: Stolly 16-30-183-0-0.
RECEIVING: Rogers 5-57, Nick Taflinger 4-33, Cameron White 3-35, Cory Stewart 1-17, Lasenby 1-11, Floyd 1-6, Aidan O’Connor 1-4.
RUSHING: Zavier Buzard 29-216, Jordan McCann 2-21, Tyler Mox 2-12, Dalton Hicks 1-6, Austin Jettinghoff 4-0, Team 2-(-)5.
PASSING: Jettinghoff 16-30-197-0-0.
RECEIVING: Ross Thompson 7-112, Mox 5-49, Joe Gorman 2-16, Trevor Dudgeon 2-15, Buzard 1-2.
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