DELPHOS — The first half belonged to New Bremen. The second half was all St. John’s.
The St. John’s defense made life very difficult for New Bremen Friday night at Stadium Park, like senior Kody White running down a Cardinals runner. The Jays exploded for 34 in the second half of their 34-3 triumph on Senior Night.
That is the quick summary of the Midwest Athletic Conference football contest between the Jays and the Cardinals Friday night at Stadium Park as the Blue Jays prevailed 34–3.
In cold and rainy field conditions, St. John’s fumbled on its first possession and New Bremen returned the favor on its drive.
After a St. John’s punt, the Cardinals started at the 30. New Bremen had its best offensive play of the night: running back Alex Speelman bolted 52 yards to the Blue Jay 7. The Jays’ defense tightened up and aided by an illegal procedure call, the Cardinals settled for a 15-yard field goal by sophomore Trey Naylor at the 4:57 mark of the first period for the 3-0 edge.
The Jays came up empty on their third possession: starting at their own 35 and advancing the ball to the New Bremen 27. On a 2nd-and-7 play, quarterback Mark Boggs was stripped of the ball.
Following a 3-and-out by the Cardinals, the Jays again advanced the ball — highlighted by a 40-yard run by Luke MacLennan — to the Cardinals 25. The drive stalled on a 4th-and-1 with 9:12 left in the first half.
Both teams exchanged possessions the balance of the second quarter and the Cardinals led at the break 3-0.
St. John’s got its offense in gear early in the third quarter and decisively changed the momentum of the game. On their first possession, they started from the 42 and scored on the third play — at 8:46 — as MacLennan broke off left tackle from 18 yards out. The extra point by Andrew Metzger was good, making the score 7-3. The Jays were never threatened the rest of the game.
The second touchdown for the Jays came at 3:58 in the third, set up by an interception at the Cardinal 40. Boggs stepped in the end zone from a yard out, capping a 6-play drive; the extra point was good making the score 14-3.
St. John’s wrapped up scoring in the third quarter on a 2-yard scamper by Tyler Jettinghoff with 41 seconds remaining. The extra point was deflected, closing out the quarter 20-3 in favor of the Jays.
In the fourth, St. John’s used a 4-play, 55-yard drive with a touchdown from Jettinghoff from 6sixyards out to increase the margin to 27-3 (Metzger kick good).
The final score for the Jays was tallied by Troy Warnecke on a 1-yard run, capping a time-consuming 7-play drive at the 2:54 mark. Warnecke carried the ball five times on the drive for a total of 65 yards.
Blue Jays coach Todd Schulte was definitely pleased with his team’s performance in the second half.
“We really shot ourselves in the foot in the first half and coupled with a number of mistakes, just could not get it going. New Bremen had a lot of guys on the line, keying on our running game,” he said. “In the second half, we made some adjustments, connected on some passes and that opened up some running lanes. But give credit to New Bremen; especially in the first half, the Cardinals played us well.”
The Jays (6-3, 5-2 MAC) have solidified a berth in the postseason playoffs and visit Minster next Friday.
Score By Quarters:
New Bremen 3 0 0 0 -
St. John’s 0 0 20 14 - 34
Score Scoring Summary QTR/TIME
0/3 - 8 plays, 70 yards; 27-yard field goal good 1/4:57
7/3 - 3 plays, 41 yards; 18-yard TD run MacLennan, XP Good 3/8:46
14/3 - 6 plays, 39 yards; 1-yard TD run Boggs, XP Good 3/3:58
20/3 - 2 plays, 10 yard; 1 yard TD run Jettinghoff, XP No Good 3/0:41
27/3 - 6 plays, 55 yards, 5 yard TD run Jettinghoff, XP Good 4/8:39
34/3 - 7 plays, 63 yards; 1 yard TD run Warnecke, XP Good 4/2:54
First Downs 6 17
Rush Yards 93 254
Pass Comp-Att 7-13 7-13
Pass Yards 47 75
Pass TD-INT 0-1 0-1
Punts-Avg 7-30 2-45
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 3-2
Penalties-Yards 6-25 4-30
Rush: Alex Speelman 12 carries, 91 yards; Garrett Westerbeck 17 attempts, (-)13 yards.
Pass: Westerbeck 7-13-47 yards-1 INT
Receiving: Jacob Gilberg 2-9
Rush: Jettinghoff 17 carries, 103 yards, 2 TD; MacLennan 8 carries, 62 yards, 1 TD; Warnecke 5 carries, 62 yards, 1 TD; Boggs 6 carries, 27 yards, 1 TD.
Pass: Boggs 7-13, 75 yards, 1 INT.
Receiving: Knebel 2-22, MacLennan 1-16, Metzger 1-16, Hays 1-15, Buettner 1-12, Jettinghoff 1-7.