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.
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.
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.