|Jays grind out 20-point MAC grid win|
|Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:51 AM|
DELPHOS — It may not have been pretty football on a beautiful fall Friday night.
Still, a win’s a win for St. John’s head football coach Todd Schulte as he described his team’s 28-8 Midwest Athletic Conference victory over Fort Recovery on Homecoming night at Stadium Park.
“We came into the game figuring we needed four wins to be able to play on week 11 and we got the first. It may not have been pretty but it’s still a win,” Schulte added. “We just didn’t seem to be in the game emotionally and that is surprising considering it’s Homecoming.”
The Blue Jays (3-4, 3-2 MAC) rolled up 367 yards of total offense, 323 on the ground on 49 rushes. Senior tailback Tyler Jettinghoff amassed 199 yards on 27 totes, while junior quarterback Nick Martz added 72 yards on 13 totes and senior fullback Luke MacLennan 64 yards on six rushes.
A 37-yard Cole Hull return on the opening kickoff put the Indians (3-4, 1-4) in business at the Jays’ 49. They did gain the 27 but on 4th-and-3, Kyle Schroer — on a halfback pass — missed an open receiver for an incompletion.
The Jays garnered one first down but had to punt.
The Indians moved from the 30 to the hosts’ 32 in seven plays but a pair of penalties (15 yards) eventually stymied the drive and an incompletion on fourth-and-7 gave the ball back to the Blue and Gold.
The Jays drove 68 yards in five plays to get on the board. At the Recovery 45, Jettinghoff, in the short shotgun set, ran a straight sweep to the right, cut up off tackle and was untouched down the sideline. Ben Wrasman tacked on the conversion for a 7-0 edge with 20 ticks left in the first.
The Indians commenced at the 20 and reached the Blue Jay 41 in nine plays but another holding call set them back and on 3rd-and-14 at midfield, Darien Sheffer (6-of-18 passing, 71 yards), under heavy pressure, lofted an aerial that Blue Jay junior Austin Heiing leapt to pick off at the Jays’ 41.
It took seven plays to take advantage of the miscue. Keyed by a 30-yard aerial from Martz (4-of-9 passing, 44 yards) to Jettinghoff, the Jays scored from the Indian 2. Jettinghoff took a sweep left and showed patience to the corner and the six. Wrasman made it 14-0 with 4:42 remaining in the half.
After forcing a 3-and-out, the hosts commenced at the Indian 40 and saw the 9-play drive end on a dropped pass in the end zone on 4th-and-3 from the 8 to end the half.
The Jays wasted a riveting 33-yard kickoff return by MacLennan to the Tribe 42 to open the second half.
They didn’t waste their next possession: a quick 2-play, 55-yarder. After Jettinghoff ran for 12, MacLennan, lined up at tailback, took a handoff up the gut and refused to go down. He bounced out of the pile, ran toward left tackle, cut up and was gone. Wrasman made it 21-0 with 7:29 showing in the third.
The Jays forced a 3-and-out and started at the 34. They needed seven plays to finalize their scoring for the night. At the Tribe 8, Martz faked a pitch to the right side and bootlegged the other way; he had plenty of space and bulled into the end zone. Wrasman made it 28-0 with 1:55 to go in the period.
After another 3-and-out, the Jays were on the verge of putting another drive together but saw it end at the Tribe 45 on a fumble recovered by Seth Reigle.
The Indians moved to the Jays’ 16 in five plays but from there, a bad snap to Sheffer in the shotgun resulted in a fumble recovered by Blue Jay junior Wes Buettner at the 20.
A pair of holding penalties on the Jays — the first which nullified a 61-yard scoring jaunt by Jettinghoff — put the Jays in a 2nd-and-29 at their 20. It ended up when Mitch Stammen picked off a deep pass from Martz at the host 45.
Five plays hence at the 11, Sheffer threw a fade pass to the left side to Stammen in the end zone and he came up with the catch with 5:35 left. Sheffer threw the conversion pass to Kyle Schroer for the 28-8 score.
The Jays recovered a pooched short kickoff at the 43. They gained the visitor 39 in six plays but on 4th-and-4, in punt formation, upback Jettinghoff was stopped short of the first down at the 40.
An Indian incomplete pass on fourth down all but ended the contest.
St. John’s visits Versailles Friday; Fort Recovery takes on Minster.
ST. JOHN’S 28, FORT RECOVERY 8
Score by Quarters
Ft. Recovery 0 0 0 8 - 8
St. John’s 7 7 14 0 - 28
SJ - Tyler Jettinghoff 45 run (Ben Wrasman kick), :20
SJ - Jettinghoff 2 run (Wrasman kick), 4:42
SJ - Luke MacLennan 43 run (Wrasman kick), 7:29
SJ - Nick Martz 8 run (Wrasman kick), 1:55
FR - Mitch Stammen 11 pass from Darien Sheffer (Kyle Schroer pass from Sheffer), 5:35
Fort Recovery St. John’s
First Downs 12 15
Total yards 217 367
Rushes/Yards 34/146 49/323
Passing yards 71 44
Comps./Atts. 6/23 4/9
Intercepted by 1 1
Fumbles/Lost 1/1 3/1
Penalties/Yards 5/35 4/35
Punts/Aver. 4/36 2/37.5
RUSHING: Kyle Timmerman 10-45, Darien Sheffer 8-35, Mitch Stammen 7-34, Kyle Schroer 5-18, Cole Hull 2-14, Alex Wenning 2-0.
PASSING: Sheffer 6-18-71-1-1, Stammen 0-3-0-0-0, Schroer 0-2-0-0-0.
RECEIVING: Stammen 2-26, Hull 2-22, Evan Schoen 1-12, Schroer 1-11.
RUSHING: Tyler Jettinghoff 27-199, Nick Martz 13-72, Luke MacLennan 7-64, Team 2-(-)2.
PASSING: Martz 4-9-44-1-0.
RECEIVING: MacLennan 2-3, Jettinghoff 1-30, Ben Wrasman 1-11.