Jefferson starts over with new coach


By Jim Metcalfe - sports@limanews.com



Delphos Jefferson’s head coach Ben Rahrig becomes Delphos Jefferson’s fourth coach in four years.

Delphos Jefferson’s head coach Ben Rahrig becomes Delphos Jefferson’s fourth coach in four years.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

DELPHOS JEFFERSON

Coach: Ben Rahrig

Years at school, record: 1st

Division: VI

Returning Lettermen: J.T. Tavianio (Jr.), Colin Bailey (Soph.), Jeffery Caputo (Sr.), Chase Bailey (Sr.), Tanner Matthewson (Sr.), Seth Estle (Sr.), Skyler Voorhees (JR.), Kane Plescher (Sr.), Doug Long Jr. (Sr.)

Promising Newcomers: Jacob Simmons (Soph), Alex East (Sr.), Cole Hoersten (Fr.)

Season Outlook: “Jefferson kids are gritty, blue collar type of kids for the most part. We need to establish the line of scrimmage by being physical and running the ball. We need to eliminate penalties and turnovers. We need to play physical, hard-nosed Jefferson football.

DELPHOS JEFFERSON SCHEDULE

Aug. 30 `at Shawnee `7 p.m.

Sept. 6 `Versailles `7 p.m.

Sept. 14 `Perry `7 p.m.

Sept. 20 `at Crestview `7 p.m.

Sept. 27 `Ada `7 p.m.

Oct. 4 Allen East `7 p.m.

Oct. 11 `at Paulding `7 p.m.

Oct. 18 `at Bluffton `7 p.m.

Oct. 25 `Columbus Grove `7 p.m.

Nov. 1 `at Spencerville `7 p.m.

DELPHOS - The Delphos Jefferson Wildcats’ football team has been starting over the last few seasons.

When Chris Sommers resigned after the 2016 season, that forced the adminstration to hire Brandon Behnfeld to replace him.

After he stepped down after a season, Luke Taviano was hired from Perry High School to step in as head coach. When he was let go after 2018’s 1-9 season, that forced another change.

This one came from within, as Ben Rahrig takes over the reins.

Rahrig has been an assistant coach for 15 years throughout the program.

He knows the taunting issues facing him in his inaugural campaign.

“My goal is to get our players to simply play Jefferson football. That is to be physical, to play hard and to be hard-nosed,” Rahrig said. “I was hired in February, so I had a chance to install some things I want to do. The kids worked hard in that time, and they are working hard during two-a-days.

“We are progressing nicely, which is all you can ask. We had a scrimmage and I like what I saw; we just got a bit tired toward the end, but we know we need to work on that.”

After starting 0-7 last fall, Rahrug has some building blocks returning to build around, including senior tight end Doug Long (Jr., 6-4, 214 pounds), Kane Plescher (Sr., 6-3, 203) at offensive tackle and running back J. T. Taviano (Jr., 5-8, 190).

“We are switching to a spread offense, but we still want to run the football. We feel that is our best chance to begin a turnaround,” Rahrig said.

A candidate to be the quarterback is sophomore Colin Bailey (6-0, 160), who got time under center last fall. Jacob Simmons (5-9, 155, sophomore) is expected to step in at wide receiver, as are letter-winning offensive linemen Seth Estle (6-0, 204, junior) and Skyler Voorhees (5-7, 208, junior) and newcomer Alex East (5-7, 182, senior).

Also look for newcomers such as offensive linemen Ben McKee (5-11, 169, senior) and Jackson Ream (5-9, 255, sophomore), wideouts Chase Bailey (5-10, 147, senior), Logan Herron (6-1, 177, senior) and Jeffrey Caputo (5-10, 160, senior), senior Logan Hubert (6-2, 164) at quarterback and freshman running back Cole Hoersten (5-8, 138) to get major minutes.

“Defensively, we’re going to use a base 4-2-5. It seems everybody is going to the spread offense, and you have to combat that,” Rahrig said. “If a team comes out in a Wing-T, we can always adjust, but the way offense is going, you need to be prepared to face the spread.”

Tanner Mathewson (5-10, 174, senior) returns at linebacker.

Other veterans expected to play on that side of the ball are McKee, Estle, Vorhees and Ream up front, Chase Bailey and Herron at linebacker and Caputo, Hubert and Hoersten in the secondary.

“Two areas we know we need to address are turnovers and penalties. We want to put together drives, and you can’t hurt yourself with penalties and turnovers,” Rahrig said. “We want to get back to Jefferson football: being hard-nosed, gritty and determined. We know we have to work on confidence and self-belief. We preach to the kids about forgetting the last play, good or bad, and only thinking about the next play. It’s easy enough to let the bad plays get to you and we want our guys to be mentally tough.”

Delphos Jefferson’s head coach Ben Rahrig becomes Delphos Jefferson’s fourth coach in four years.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_DJ-vs-DSJ-RP-04.jpgDelphos Jefferson’s head coach Ben Rahrig becomes Delphos Jefferson’s fourth coach in four years. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

By Jim Metcalfe

sports@limanews.com

DELPHOS JEFFERSON

Coach: Ben Rahrig

Years at school, record: 1st

Division: VI

Returning Lettermen: J.T. Tavianio (Jr.), Colin Bailey (Soph.), Jeffery Caputo (Sr.), Chase Bailey (Sr.), Tanner Matthewson (Sr.), Seth Estle (Sr.), Skyler Voorhees (JR.), Kane Plescher (Sr.), Doug Long Jr. (Sr.)

Promising Newcomers: Jacob Simmons (Soph), Alex East (Sr.), Cole Hoersten (Fr.)

Season Outlook: “Jefferson kids are gritty, blue collar type of kids for the most part. We need to establish the line of scrimmage by being physical and running the ball. We need to eliminate penalties and turnovers. We need to play physical, hard-nosed Jefferson football.

DELPHOS JEFFERSON SCHEDULE

Aug. 30 `at Shawnee `7 p.m.

Sept. 6 `Versailles `7 p.m.

Sept. 14 `Perry `7 p.m.

Sept. 20 `at Crestview `7 p.m.

Sept. 27 `Ada `7 p.m.

Oct. 4 Allen East `7 p.m.

Oct. 11 `at Paulding `7 p.m.

Oct. 18 `at Bluffton `7 p.m.

Oct. 25 `Columbus Grove `7 p.m.

Nov. 1 `at Spencerville `7 p.m.

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