BOWLING GREEN — There’s an old cliché, that a team shouldn’t stop doing what has made it successful.
When Delphos St. John’s found itself down 21-7 to Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic early into the second quarter, the Blue Jays stuck with its running game.
And it paid off.
St. John’s scored 47 unanswered points en route to a 54-21 win in Friday’s Division VI Region 22 semifinal game at Bowling Green State University’s Doyt L. Perry Field.
With the victory, St. John’s (8-4) will play McComb next Friday in a regional final at a site to be determined.
“It was just a matter of our guys — they stuck to what we were doing,” said St. John’s coach Todd Schulte. “And coach (Steve) Recker and the defense made some pretty good adjustments. They were hurting us there.”
With 9:26 remaining in regulation, the game was delayed for 1 hour, 50 minutes, because of lightening.
Fremont St. Joe started the game on a strong note, scoring on its first three possessions, while St. John’s hit pay dirt on its first drive of the game.
Fremont St. Joe quarterback Zack Yeckley threw three TD passes in its first three possessions to get his team off to the quick start.
For the game, Yeckley completed 22 of 41 passes for 282 yards and three TDs.
For St. John’s, Tyler Jettinghoff rushed for 248 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown. Luke MacLellan ran for 147 yards on 14 carries and three TDs. Quarterback Mark Boggs completed 5 of 8 passes for 73 yards.
After getting down 21-7, St. John’s scored 26 unanswered points to take a 33-21 lead, right before the delay.
After the game resumed, there was more lightening. However, it was St. John’s making all the noise.
The Blue Jays scored 41 points in the second half to pull away from the Crimson Streaks.
Jettinghoff highlighted the second half with a 79-yard run to the end zone, right before the delay.
Then on St. Joe’s first possession after the delay, Jettinghoff got it done on the defensive side of the ball as he intercepted a Yeckley pass and ran it back 25 yards for the score. With the point after by Andrew Metzger, the Blue Jays led 40-21.
It got worse for St. Joseph.
On its very next possession, St. John’s Ben Youngpeter made an interception to stamp out another St. Joseph drive.
St. John’s wasn’t finished yet.
On the Blue Jays’ next possession, Jettinghoff broke loose for a 64-yard scamper to the end zone. With the point after, St. John’s led 47-21.
MacLellan added the final score with a 13-yard run to the end zone.