DELPHOS – You just have to take advantage of scoring opportunities when they are presented to you.
Delphos St. John’s did while Lima Central Catholic didn’t and the result was a 34-10 win for the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at Stadium Park.
LCC falls to 1-1 on the young season while Delphos improves to 2-0.
The Thunderbirds actually controlled the first quarter as they ran 19 plays from scrimmage to only 8 by the Blue Jays. LCC took the lead at 3-0 on a 34-yard field goal by Ron Banks at the 2:21 mark of that initial period of play.
Delphos found its offensive rhythm in the second quarter as the Jays exploded for 21 points to only one score for the T-Birds. The Blue Jays took a 21-10 lead to the half.
While the Blue Jays were finding their stride on offense, LCC was befuddled by dropped passes and missed open receivers.
The Blue Jays onslaught started when quarterback Jared Wurst found Connor Hulihan with a 27-yard scoring strike on the second play of the quarter. LCC answered with a 14-yard scoring dash by Logan Schultz but Delphos would add two more scores before intermission.
The first play that turned the game in the Blue Jays’ favor came on a play that Blue Jays fans have seen before. A simple staple of their offensive attack, the toss left, taken by Isaac Musser for a 50-yard score that put Delphos ahead for good.
The Blue Jays would score again just before halftime when Wurst went in from 4-yards out to put Delphos ahead 21-10 at the break.
Delphos would tack on two fourth quarter scores, the first on a 6-yard run by Troy Schwinnen and the final score was a Wurst 27-yard pass to Hulihan.
“We missed some chances early but they are a good team.” LCC coach Scott Palte said. “We held our own but just didn’t make enough plays; we will learn and get better, there is a lot to build on.”
St. John’s coach Todd Schulte was pleased with the win but saw areas for improvement.
“Give credit to them, they did some things we weren’t expecting; it took some time to make the adjustments.” Schulte said. “The run by Musser was big and I thought our conditioning took over in the second half. We can’t afford the penalties and turnovers, but, it was a good win against a team with a lot of confidence.”
Both teams finished the game with 12 first downs but Delphos piled up 233 yards on the ground compared to 144 for the T-Birds. Neither team fumbled in the contest.
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