DELPHOS – Delphos St. John’s had no answer for Lima Central Catholic’s speed as the Thunderbirds raced past the Blue Jays 40-6 Saturday night at Stadium Park.
Lima Central Catholic evens its record at 1-1 and Delphos St. John’s falls to 1-1.
“Our kids were hungry,” LCC head coach Scott Palte said. “We felt like last week we could have won that game and we didn’t. We have some great kids with great attitudes and they couldn’t wait to come out and redeem themselves. Our team had a really great effort tonight.”
Delphos head coach Todd Schulte said LCC was a better team tonight.
“They were faster and stronger and that is a bad combination for us,” Schulte said. “We got manhandled on both sides of the ball.”
LCC’s Shaun Thomas helped paved the way with a dream game as he scored on three running touchdowns, caught a pass for a score and intercepted two passes.
Thomas amassed 122 yards on 10 carries for three touchdowns including a sensational 75-yard run to open the second half that would induce a running clock after LCC took 33-0 lead with 11:23 left in the third quarter.
Thomas’ first touchdown came when quarterback Nevan Stolly fired a bullet to a diving Thomas in the back of the end zone for paydirt. Thomas’ second score came a little easier on a one-yard plunge.
Thomas was just one-third of the Thunderbird’s three-headed rushing attack that also featured Rossy Moore and Dylan Wilson. All three LCC backs eclipsed the 100-yard barrier.
Moore picked up 137 yards on nine carries and one touchdown. Moore’s score came on a 68-yard scamper that saw the fleet-footed back make a spin move at the line of scrimmage that would have made Barry Sanders proud and then he outran the Blue Jay defense for the score.
Wilson added 114 yards on nine carries and two touchdown and he proved to be the thunder to Thomas and Moore’s lightening. Wilson’s hard nose running style accounted for LCC’s first touchdown when he punched it in from 3-yard out. Wilson showed he had a big run in him on his second score when he galloped for 51 yards in the third quarter.
“All three guys ran really well and give our line a lot of credit,” Palte said. “They really got off the ball and established the line of scrimmage and we hit a couple of pass plays really helped. All our guys did a great job tonight.”
On the other side of the ball, the LCC defense was just as effective.
“Coach Mike Rumschlag (defensive coordinator) did a great job and our guys were embarrassed last week with the big plays and all the points and they really got after this week,” Palte said. “Our guys did a really good job of attack and being aggressive.”
In their season opener, LCC surrendered 49 points against LCC and the Thunderbirds were determined to not have a repeat performance as they smothered the Blue Jays’ offense in holding Delphos to one score.
The Blue Jays only score came with less than three minutes left in the game to avoid the shutout. Brendon Oleson scored on a pass play.
The Thunderbird defense set the tone early in the game when LCC forced three, three and out series and then on the Blue Jays’ fourth possession, Thomas made his first interception.
The Blue Jays would not record a first down until the 7:07 mark of the second quarter.
The Blue Jays were hampered late in the first quarter when Blue Jays signal caller Brady Parrish was hurt at the 2:26 mark of the first quarter. The senior would return late in the second quarter but could not spark the Delphos offense to a score.