Jeffrey Caputo of Jefferson fumbles the ball on a kickoff during their game with Versailles on Friday. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Jeffrey Caputo of Jefferson fumbles the ball on a kickoff during their game with Versailles on Friday. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
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DELPHOS — Jefferson took a 48-0 loss to visiting Versailles on Friday in their home opener. The Tigers racked up 300-yards in the first half along with five touchdowns to take an early lead and never looked back.

The Wildcats had just 82-yards in the first half, finding little room to work their offense.

The Tigers opened the first quarter with a quick score by Jared Selbert. His nine-yard run gave Versailles a 7-0 lead with 10:08 remaining in the first.

A three-and-out by the Wildcats led to another score by the Tigers late in the quarter. Quarterback Ryan Martin connected with Jared DeMange on a 60-yard pass for a touchdown. The extra point was no good as Versailles held a 13-0 lead after the first 12:00.

The Tigers scored three times in the second quarter. Martin hit Michael Stammen on a 17-yard touchdown pass to make it 20-0. Eli McEldowney ran one in from nine-yards out to give Versailles a 27-0 lead with 4:24 left in the first half.

Martin found DeMange for the second time as time was running out in the second quarter. His touchdown gave the Tigers a 34-0 advantage heading into the locker room.

Versailles backed off the gas in the second half but still managed to score two more times, both in the third quarter. McEldowney busted a 26-yard run with 6:20 remaining in the third and Jack Osborne scampered for a 58-yard touchdown run to bring the score to 48-0.

Both teams were held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers had 485 total yards of offense compared to 130 by Jefferson. Martin threw 13 passes for 11 completions and 186-yards. Versailles rushed for 299-yards on 42 carries.

“We need to forget about this game and start fresh on Monday,” said Jefferson head coach Ben Rahrig. “We have Perry next week and we will have to play well. They have some playmakers. I think our kids let the big plays snowball with one bad thing leading to the next. It was like we expected bad things to happen and we need to change that.”

The Wildcats fall to 0-2 on the year and will host Perry on Sep. 14 at 7 p.m.

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Team Stats

Total Yards

Versailles 485

Jefferson 130

Rushing

Versailles 42-299

Jefferson 24-77

Passing

Versailles 11-13, 186

Jefferson 5-9, 53

Jefferson Individual Stats

Passing

Logan Hubert 9-24, 53

Rushing

J.T. Taviano 8-39

Logan Hubert 9-24

Cole Hoersten 6-22

Colin Bailey 1-8

Receiving

Tanner Matthewson 3-11

Jacob Simmons 1-26

J.T. Taviano 1-16