Colin Bailey of Jefferson runs past Bluffton defenders in Friday’s game. The Wildcats lost 42-14. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Colin Bailey of Jefferson runs past Bluffton defenders in Friday’s game. The Wildcats lost 42-14. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
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BLUFFTON — Jefferson lost to the Pirates Friday night 42-14. The defeat marks the Wildcats seventh of the year and they are still seeking their first win in the NWC.

After a scoreless first quarter, J.T. Taviano got the Jefferson offense going with a 10-yard touchdown run to make it 6-0. Colin Bailey secured the two-point conversion and brought the score to 8-0.

With 6:36 remaining in the first half, Tucker Neff of Bluffton busted a 46-yard touchdown run and cut the Wildcat lead to 8-6. The extra point was good and made it 8-7, Jefferson.

The Pirates took the lead late in the second quarter when Tyson Shutler punched it in from 14 yards out. His touchdown and the extra point gave Bluffton a 14-8 lead at the half.

Jefferson struggled with turnovers all night and fumbled the ball early in the third quarter. The Pirates recovered at the 14-yard line and quarterback Nate Schaadt extended their lead with a two-yard run to make it 21-8.

A pair of turnovers by the Wildcats in the fourth led to two quick scores by Bluffton as Jefferson found themselves down 35-8. Delphos quarterback Logan Hubert connected with Taviano late in the fourth and cut the lead down to 35-14. The two-point conversion was no good and the score held.

Neff capped off the Bluffton victory with a one-yard touchdown run to extended their led with 1:35 left on the clock.

Neff carried the ball 25 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns. The Pirates threw the ball only one time throughout the game and racked up 319 yards on the ground.

The Wildcats slip to 1-7 (0-5NWC) and Bluffton improves to 4-4 (2-3 NWC).

Team Stats

Rushing

Jefferson 28-94-1

Bluffton 53-319-6

Passing

Jefferson 8-15-152-1

Bluffton 1-1-25-0

Individual Stats

Jefferson

Passing

Logan Hubert 8-15-152-1

Bluffton

Nate Schaadt 1-1-25-0

Rushing

Jefferson

J.T. Taviano 14-47-1

Colin Bailey 3-20

Logan Hubert 8-8

Bluffton

Tucker Neff 25-157-2

Nate Shaadt 17-70-2

Landon Shutler 4-72-2