DELPHOS – It was one nightmare after another for Delphos St. John’s last season.
Quarterback Jared Wurst suffered a knee injury and a broken ankle in the opening game and wouldn’t return until Week 5.
In the second week, backup quarterback Brady Grothaus was lost for the year with a torn right (throwing) shoulder labrum and a chipped shoulder bone.
“It was kind of a scramble,” St. John’s coach Todd Schulte said. “Instead of offensively trying to progress, we were reducing stuff out on offense because we were moving wide receivers to quarterback.’’
And by the time Wurst returned and started knocking off the rust, the Blue Jays were in the midst of the meat-grinder Midwest Athletic Conference schedule. It all added up to an untidy 2-8 record (1-7 MAC).
While injuries at quarterback didn’t help, Schulte didn’t blame the entire 2-8 season on players going down.
The Blue Jays played plenty of young players last year and will have seven starters back on offense and seven more on defense. Almost everyone will play both ways.
St. John’s returns to a one-back look but plans to use more space in the formation and will look to throw more.
Brady Parrish started last year at wide receiver then moved to quarterback because of injuries. This year the senior will start at quarterback.
Devin Lindeman returns at running back. He ran for 163 yards and one TD. Also back at running back is Jordan Brown.
Grothaus returns and moves back to wide receiver. He’ll also be the backup quarterback, as he was last year before the injury.
Another returning wide receiver is Isaac Fairchild, who had 10 receptions for 177 yards.
The Blue Jays have three returnees on the offensive line in tackle Blake Fischbach, Mark Wrasman, who moves from guard to center, and Nate Buettner, who moves from guard to tackle.
The defense makes a change from the old-favorite 4-3 to a 4-2-5.
Up front, the Blue Jays return Fischbach and Buettner at the tackle spots and Gunnar Stemen at end.
Lindeman and Wrasman are veteran linebackers. Wrasman was second on the team in tackles last year (65) and had three tackles for loss. Lindeman was third in tackles (64).
The secondary returns Parrish at safety, Grothaus at free safety and Fairchild at a corner. Fairchild had 58 tackles and five passes broken up.
The Blue Jays roll out 41 players on the roster, which is way down from the 100-plus in th