DELPHOS — Paulding didn’t have the look of a one-win team in search of answers.
Instead, the Panthers had the appearance of a team on a roll.
Paulding steamrolled Delphos Jefferson on both sides of the ball in a 57-12 victory Saturday at Stadium Park.
Paulding, which has won two in a row, is 2-4, 2-1 in the Northwest Conference.
Jefferson is 1-5, 0-3 in the NWC.
The Paulding coaching staff said this was the Panthers’ first football victory over Delphos Jefferson since 2005.
The Paulding offense was led by running back Jacob Deisler, who had 19 carries for 248 yards and one TD. His TD went for 41 yards.
“It’s crazy,” Deisler said. “It’s surreal. It’s a great feeling. … We believed, not just this week, but all offseason that we were going to start clicking. I think we finally started doing that.’’
Deisler gashed the Wildcats on runs of 27, 31, 41, 32 and 58 yards.
It was an impressive night for the Panthers’ offensive line.
“I did (believe our line could do this tonight),” Deisler said. “I have the utmost faith in my big guys. They did a fantastic job tonight.’’
Paulding quarterback Payton Beckman completed 6 of 14 for 79 yards and two TDs.
Defensively, Paulding sacked two Jefferson quarterbacks a total of eight times.
Jacob Eblin had four sacks, while Juwan Skiffer had three sacks.
The Paulding defense held Delphos Jefferson to 26 yards on the ground and 46 total yards.
“It’s the kind of thing that happens when you play with young kids,” Delphos Jefferson coach Luke Taviano said. “We have a lot of guys injured and we’re playing with a lot of young guys. We have guys who don’t have a whole lot of time under their belt.’’
Paulding led 14-0 after the first quarter and pulled out to a 28-6 lead at the half.
Deisler was moved from quarterback to running back in Week 3 of the year.
“After the first two weeks I was leading the team in rushing and we thought it would be better to put him (Payton Beckman) at quarterback because we all believe he can throw the ball better than I can. What we’re doing now, it’ clicking, it’s working and it’s a lot of fun.’’
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior Deisler certainly looked at home running the ball.
In the first half he had 12 carries for 172 yards.
“We got dominated up front,” Taviano said.
On Paulding’s first drive, Deisler pounded away for 61 yards on five carries.
Fullback Jacob King bulled it over from the 2 to give Paulding a 7-0 lead.
That capped an eight-play, 64-yard drive.
Paulding’s next TD drive was all Deisler.
On the first play of the drive he turned the right corner for 31 to take the ball to the Wildcats’ 41.
Deisler then again swept the perfectly sealed off right side and he burst around the corner for a 41-yard TD.
That capped a two-play, Deisler drive which covered 72 yards. That gave Paulding a 14-0 lead with 2:51 left in the first quarter.
Paulding then recovered its own kickoff near the sideline at the Delphos Jefferson 26-yard line.
Eight plays later, Paulding’s Beckman hit Hunter Kesler with a 20-yard TD pass.
That capped an eight-play, 26-yard drive and gave the Panthers a 21-0 lead with 11:53 left before halftime.
It was time for more Deisler.
He took the handoff and cut back for 32 yards to take the ball to the Delphos 3.
King went over right tackle for a 3-yard TD to give Paulding a 28-0 lead with 7:3 left in the first half.
Jefferson got within 28-6 on a 12-yard TD by Tanner Mathewson with 2:14 left before halftime.
Jefferson was playing without its starting quarterback Conner Anspach, who was out with a separated throwing shoulder.
Jefferson quarterback Logan Hubert had very little time to breathe when he got the snap.
Paulding sacked him six times in the first half, with Eblin getting four of those.
Jefferson changed to freshman quarterback Colin Bailey in the second half.
“We went with the young kid to try to get a spark,” Taviano said. “Logan was feeling the pressure.’’
Mathewson ran for 34 yards on eight carries for Jefferson.
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