DELPHOS — It was a wild and wooly night at Stadium Park.
Delphos Jefferson scored with 25 seconds left, and converted the two-point conversion, to post a 38-36 Saturday night victory against Perry.
On a fourth-and-goal play at the Perry 2, Jefferson quarterback Logan Hubert threw a jump pass to tight end Tanner Voorhees in the heart of the end zone to tie the game at 36 with 25 seconds to play.
“That (the jump pass) came from our offensive coordinator, Trey Roney,” Jefferson coach Ben Rahrig said. “He drew that up in the sand during the timeout. He drew it up and said it was going to work and it worked. We saw they were coming real hard trying to stop the run and it sucked them up.’’
Hubert then threw a screen pass to Jacob Simmons for the two-point conversion to give the Wildcats a 38-36 victory.
“We slipped the running back out in the flat and that’s a tough pass to defend,” Rahrig said.
Perry had one final chance, but on the final play of the game, Perry quarterback Ryan Yingst was picked off by Colin Bailey at the Jefferson 45.
Jefferson came back from trailing 28-14 with 7:12 to play in the third quarter.
It was an exciting game and I’m really proud of our kids,” Rahrig said. “They did not quit when they got down a couple of scores and were resilient tonight.’’
Perry had pulled ahead 36-30 when Ryan Yingst hit Chazz Jackson with a 51-yard TD pass with 3:07 to left.
The play before Perry converted a fourth-and-6 with a 32-yard pass from Yingst to Jackson.
Down 36-30, Jefferson took over at its own 40 with 2:59 to go.
On the second play, Hubert hit Jeffrey Caputo with a 48-yard fly down the right side.
Caputo hauled in the catch over his shoulder, but fumbled it around the Perry 16 and then hopped on it at the Perry 8.
Three plays later, Hubert faked the ball to the tailback, then threw the jump-pass TD to Voorhees in the middle of the end zone to tie the game at 36.
That capped off a back-and-forth, up-and-down the field night.
The game was tied at 14 at the half.
Perry pulled out to a 21-14 seconds into the third quarter when the Commodores’ Devares Glenn returned the kickoff 64 yards for a TD.
That gave Perry a 21-14 lead.
Perry pushed that lead to 28-14 when Yingst ran it over from the 2 with 7:12 left in the third.
Bailey’s 2-yard TD for Jefferson brought Jefferson within 28-22 with 2:20 left in the third.
Hubert’s 5-yard TD run gave Jefferson a 30-28 lead with 5:33 to go.
“Our kids were very resilient tonight and in the past they would fold and let things snowball, but tonight they didn’t. They fought,” Rahrig said.
For Jefferson, Hubert completed 8 of 11 for 194 yards and one TD.
Simmons had 11 carries for 70 yards.
Bailey had three catches for 107 yards.
For Perry, Yingst completed 9 of 19 for 194 yards.
Yingst had 87 yards rushing on 25 carries. He had TD runs of 16, 4 and 2 yards.
Jackson had six catches for 163 yards with a 51-yard TD.
Perry is 0-3. Jefferson is 1-2.
“They made some plays, but our kids came back and made some plays,” Rahrig said.
Perry ended up with 10 fumbles and lost two.
Perry also had 12 penalties for 97 yards.
Both teams had their offensive moments in the first half.
Perry was led by 6-foot-2 sophomore quarterback Yingst, who ran over tacklers and bulled his way to 61 yards rushing on 17 carries in the first half.
“We worked all week on keeping their quarterback contained and we still couldn’t do it,” Rahrig said. “He’s a tough, tough player and extremely athletic. Their receivers are fast and we wanted to keep everybody in front of us. That was a challenge.’’
Perry scored on its first drive, going 41 yards in six plays for a score.
Yingst capped the drive with a keeper around the left side for a 16-yard TD.
That gave Perry a quick 6-0 lead with 8:05 left in the first quarter.
Jefferson scored on its next possession with a two-play drive.
Jefferson quarterback Hubert connected with Bailey down the sideline for a 59-yard TD pass. Bailey shed a defender at the Perry 30 and shot into the end zone.
That tied the game at 6 with 7:20 left in the first.
Jefferson took a 14-6 lead when Hubert ran it over on a 4-yard keeper with 7:04 left in the first half.
That capped a four-play, 57-yard drive, which was set up after Perry lost a fumble at the Jefferson 43.
Just before halftime, Perry cranked out an impressive, 15-play, 67-yard drive.
Mostly it was Yingst running the ball on the drive, including Yingst running around right end for a 4-yard TD. That play came on fourth-and goal from the 4.
That tied the game at 14 with 28 seconds before halftime.
Delphos Jefferson was playing without its starting tailback J.T. Taviano (concussion).
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