Brady Grothaus of St. John's goes grabs a touchdown pass in Friday's scrimmage against Jefferson. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Brady Grothaus of St. John's goes grabs a touchdown pass in Friday's scrimmage against Jefferson. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
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DELPHOS — St. John’s and Jefferson faced-off for the final time in a scrimmage on Friday as the two teams will meet again in the 2020 regular season for the first time.

Each squad had 20 plays to gauge and assess their team with the junior varsity taking the first snaps. Both coaches see room for improvement but was overall satisfied with the effort on the field.

The Wildcats came out with high energy and some added swagger, something first year head coach Ben Rahrig noticed as well.

“We are stressing physical play,” said Rahrig. “I am pleased with what we saw today. They made some mistakes but they came out aggressive and I thought it was a good first scrimmage. We are getting better everyday and by the time we reach week one, we will be ready.”

With a new coach comes an acclimation period and Rahrig feels the team beginning to mesh as the season draws near.

“I can’t imagine being one of out seniors that had four coaches in four years. They are learning a new offense and everything that comes with a new coach. I am excited to the way the kids have bought into the program and how much hard work they are putting in. They are giving everything they got and I appreciate that out of them,” Rahrig concluded.

The Blue Jays looked sharp on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Brady Parrish connected with Brady Grothaus in the corner of the endzone and moved quick out of the pocket when he felt the pressure.

“I thought we did some good thing today,” said St. John’s veteran head coach Todd Schulte. “We will look at the film this afternoon and see where we are at. Our goal everyday is to get better. I was really happy with our conditioning and feel like our team is in good shape, something they have worked hard at all summer. Brady Parrish is a smart football player and has handled the quarterback position well. Keeping him healthy will be key for us this year.”

Jefferson will begin their season at Shawnee while St. John’s travels to Elida for their first game of the year. Both teams play on Aug. 30.