Landen Grothaus (2) and Nathan Ditto (4) of St. John’s close in on New Bremen running back Zach Bertke in Friday night’s contest. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Landen Grothaus (2) and Nathan Ditto (4) of St. John’s close in on New Bremen running back Zach Bertke in Friday night’s contest. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
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DELPHOS — New Bremen ran away with the second half of the game and handed the Blue Jays a 38-6 loss at Stadium Park on Friday night.

An uneventful start to the opening quarter left the game deadlocked in a scoreless tie. A fumble recovery by St. John’s gave them an opportunity to put points on the board but an interception erased the big play. The Cardinals threatened near the endzone late in the first quarter but a stout Blue Jay defense held them to a field goal with :30 left on the clock.

New Bremen scored the first touchdown of the evening with 8:43 remaining in the second quarter on a 60-yard run by Wyatt Dicke. His scamper left St. John’s facing a 10-0 deficit but a touchdown pass from Cardinal quarterback Mitchell Hays to Dan Homan extended their lead to 17-0 at the half.

A 7:10 opening drive in the second half led to another New Bremen touchdown. Hays scored on a quarterback keeper to bring the game to 24-0.

The Jays finally put points on the scoreboard with 2:35 remaining in the third quarter. Brady Kerner connected with Matt Kahny on a 76-yard pass and cut the Cardinals lead to 24-6. New Bremen responded before the end of the quarter on a touchdown run by the workhorse of the offense, running back Zach Bertke.

Nick Alig picked off a pass from Kerner with 10:13 left in the game and took it to the house for a 65-yard return. With the touchdown, the running clock began and the Blue Jays time was running out. Kerner was intercepted again on the first play of the ensuing drive as the Cardinals held on for the 38-6 victory.

St. John’s falls to 1-2 on the year and will travel to Minster next week. New Bremen improves to 2-1 and will host Coldwater in their next matchup.