Delphos St. John’s looks to be more versatile on offense


By Tom Usher - sports@limanews.com



Delphos St. John’s Brady Parrish will be called on to handle the Blue Jays’ quarterback duties this year.

Delphos St. John’s Brady Parrish will be called on to handle the Blue Jays’ quarterback duties this year.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

DELPHOS ST. JOHN’S

Coach: Todd Schulte

Years at school, record: 21 (174-72)

Last year’s record: 2-8 (1-7 MAC)

Division: VII

Returning lettermen: 14

Returning starters: Devin Lindeman (Sr., RB/LB); Jordan Brown (Sr., RB); Brady Parrish (Sr., QB/WR/S); Blake Fischbach (Sr., OT/DT); Brady Grothaus (Sr., WR/FS) Mark Wrasman (Sr., C/LB/K); Isaac Fairchild (Jr., WR/CB); Nate Buettner (Jr., T/DT); Chase Martin (Jr., RB/DE); Gunnar Stemen (Sr., DE); Jacob Wrasman (Sr., WR/CB).

Player to watch: Brady Parrish takes over at quarterback for Jared Wurst. The Blue Jays plan to mix in more of a passing game. Parrish will also play safety.

Top newcomers: Blake Ricker (Soph, RB); Braysen Schulte (Soph., WR); Brady Zalar (Soph., LB); Gavin Fittro (Soph., WR); Zane Wertenberger (Soph., DE); Avery Schulte (Soph., OL); Landen Elwer (Soph., WR/DB); Nate Moser (Jr., OL).

DELPHOS ST. JOHN’S SCHEDULE

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

Sept. 7 `Lima Central Catholic `7 p.m.

Sept. 13 `St. Henry `7 p.m.

Sept. 20 `at Marion Local `7 p.m.

Sept. 28 `Versailles `1 p.m.

Oct. 4 ` at Minster `7 p.m.

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

Oct. 18 `Parkway `7 p.m.

Oct. 25 `New Bremen `7 p.m.

Nov. 1 ` at Anna `7:30 p.m.

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).

“Offensively, we struggled to move the ball,” Schulte said. “We were behind the eight-ball. But that’s football. You try to do your best and move on.’’

While injuries at quarterback didn’t help, Schulte didn’t blame the entire 2-8 season on players going down.

“We’d have an opportunity to make that big play that might have won us the game or tied up the game, or get that big stop on defense, and we weren’t able to do some of those things,” Schulte said.

Wurst has graduated and will play basketball at Ohio Northern. He led the team in rushing (698, seven TDs) and passing (627, six TDs). Also gone are wide receivers Lucas Metcalfe and Curtis Schwinnen and two-way lineman Hunter Bonifas.

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.

Schulte said this year’s personnel doesn’t favor running the toss sweep time after time after time, as the Blue Jays did in the glory years when they won a state-record 57-straight games, including the postseason.

“We’re going to try to do a better job of spacing some things out and not try to stay within the tackles all the time and pound it up field,” Schulte said. “It’s still an option game, but we want to get better with the screen game and put the ball out in space, let our guys break a tackle and make a big play. It’s a little bit different than what we’re used to.’’

Brady Parrish started last year at wide receiver then moved to quarterback because of injuries. This year the senior will start at quarterback.

“He runs the ball well and throws the ball well,” Schulte said. “He still fits that mold if we want him to run downhill, he’ll be able to do that, or sit in the pocket and throw it.’’

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 the late 90s.

“Health is going to be the big key,” Schulte said. “We don’t have a lot of depth.’’

Delphos St. John’s Brady Parrish will be called on to handle the Blue Jays’ quarterback duties this year.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/08/web1_DJ-vs-DSJ-RP-07-1.jpgDelphos St. John’s Brady Parrish will be called on to handle the Blue Jays’ quarterback duties this year. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

By Tom Usher

sports@limanews.com

DELPHOS ST. JOHN’S

Coach: Todd Schulte

Years at school, record: 21 (174-72)

Last year’s record: 2-8 (1-7 MAC)

Division: VII

Returning lettermen: 14

Returning starters: Devin Lindeman (Sr., RB/LB); Jordan Brown (Sr., RB); Brady Parrish (Sr., QB/WR/S); Blake Fischbach (Sr., OT/DT); Brady Grothaus (Sr., WR/FS) Mark Wrasman (Sr., C/LB/K); Isaac Fairchild (Jr., WR/CB); Nate Buettner (Jr., T/DT); Chase Martin (Jr., RB/DE); Gunnar Stemen (Sr., DE); Jacob Wrasman (Sr., WR/CB).

Player to watch: Brady Parrish takes over at quarterback for Jared Wurst. The Blue Jays plan to mix in more of a passing game. Parrish will also play safety.

Top newcomers: Blake Ricker (Soph, RB); Braysen Schulte (Soph., WR); Brady Zalar (Soph., LB); Gavin Fittro (Soph., WR); Zane Wertenberger (Soph., DE); Avery Schulte (Soph., OL); Landen Elwer (Soph., WR/DB); Nate Moser (Jr., OL).

DELPHOS ST. JOHN’S SCHEDULE

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

Sept. 7 `Lima Central Catholic `7 p.m.

Sept. 13 `St. Henry `7 p.m.

Sept. 20 `at Marion Local `7 p.m.

Sept. 28 `Versailles `1 p.m.

Oct. 4 ` at Minster `7 p.m.

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

Oct. 18 `Parkway `7 p.m.

Oct. 25 `New Bremen `7 p.m.

Nov. 1 ` at Anna `7:30 p.m.

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