DELPHOS — Delphos Jefferson kept feeding running back Zavier Buzard the football.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Buzard would go around, and many times, go through the Bluffton defense.
Bluffton had no answer.
Buzard’s 232 yards rushing and six touchdowns led Delphos Jefferson to a convincing 48-20 Northwest Conference victory over Bluffton on Friday night at Stadium Park.
Defensively, Delphos Jefferson (3-0, 2-0 NWC) held the Bluffton offense to just 19 rushing yards.
Bluffton quarterback Mitchell Ault did complete 15 of 29 passes for 270 yards and two TDs. However, Ault was held to just 65 passing yards in the first half. The Delphos Jefferson defense put pressure on the sophomore quarterback all night long, sacking him five times.
“We challenged the kids all week to come out and get off to a quick start because we thought that was kind of lacking,” Delphos Jefferson coach Bub Lindeman said. “We got off to a very fast start, and I think it kind of carried over.
“It (the offense) started clicking. We mixed in the run with the pass. I thought Zavier did a very nice job. And I thought our offensive line did a nice job.”
Delphos Jefferson jumped out quickly on Bluffton (2-1, 0-1), taking a 27-0 lead into the break. The Wildcats dominated the line of scrimmage, rolling up 269 total yards in the first half. For the game, the Wildcats recorded 405 yards of offense.
Delphos Jefferson quarterback Austin Jettinghoff was 9 of 17 passing for 145 yards. Jettinghoff’s favorite receiver was Tyler Mox, who had three catches for 86 yards. Mox also returned a punt 65 yards for a TD in the third quarter.
Noah Stratton led Bluffton on the ground, rushing for 35 yards on nine carries. Austin Bricker was the leading receiver for the Pirates, hauling in five passes for 73 yards and a TD.
“We never stopped them all night,” Bluffton coach Dennis Lee said. “To the very end, they kept running. They were pretty good up front tonight and we weren’t.
“But, I thought we did a nice job with some stuff, offensively, in the second half. So, we’ll be OK.”