|Wildcats pound Panthers 41-0|
|Saturday, September 07, 2013 1:20 AM|
By TREY SMITH
PAULDING — A victorious Jefferson Wildcat football team improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Northwest Conference Friday night on the road against the Paulding Panthers in a 41-0 game plagued by injuries, cramps and penalties. The Red and White came out clicking on all cylinders, getting off to a quick 7-0 lead on a 61-yard dash by senior tailback Zavier Buzard (25 rushes/208 yards, 2 TDs).
On Paulding’s first possession, the ‘Cats’ defense held strong, as they did most of the night, and forced the first of many 3-and-outs.
Head Coach Bub Lindeman was very pleased with the defensive effort.
“Coach (Ben) Rahrig and the defensive staff did an outstanding job getting our young men ready for the task at hand,” said Lindeman after the game. “Our guys had an excellent week of practice and executed our game plan very well.”
The ensuing DJHS possession resulted in another touchdown by Buzard, this one a pitch from the 2 yard line.
Early success for Delphos came to a screeching halt, however, due to a major injury to a member of the Panthers’ kick return team. The lengthy delay to take care of the injured Paulding player seemed to stall the momentum for the Jeffcats.
Although the offense seemed to falter, the Jefferson defense (5 sacks, 24 yards lost) capped off another stop with a sack by sophomore linebacker Dalton Hicks.
The Wildcats seized the opening and scored for the third time in the half on a quarterback scramble by senior Austin Jettinghoff (4 rushes/ 28 yards, 1 TD; 9/15 passing for 161 yards, 1 TD).
Both teams continued to trade blows for the remainder of the quarter, though unable to capitalize on any drive.
With little time left before halftime, Jefferson drove down to the 3 yard line while also using up as much clock as possible. It seemed as though the Wildcats were going to score again and put the game out of reach. The Panther defense thought differently as they made a tremendous goal-line stand and kept the ‘Cats out of the end-zone.
“That’s what happens when we play as a team, as a group of all 11 guys out there playing their role,” stated a somber Paulding head coach Kyle Coleman. “It’s frustrating for us as coaches because we see glimpses of great play but yet we lack the ability to play that way on a consistent basis.”
Delphos went into the break with a 21-0 lead over a disheartened Panther team.
With a new fire of intensity, the Red and White came out of the half and took complete command of the game. A major block by Tyler Mox (3 receptions/57 yards, 1 TD) opened the path for fullback Jordan McCann and re-ignited the Jeffcat offense. Later on the same possession, a jet sweep hand off to Ross Thompson (2 rushes/21 yards, 1 TD; 4 receptions/79 yards) resulted in Jefferson’s fourth touchdown of the night.
Although the defense for Delphos held strong for the majority of the game, the offense flickered out again near the end of the third quarter. With a comfortable 28-0 lead, the Red and White headed into the final stanza.
The fourth period consisted of one touchdown by Mox on a diving catch in the end zone off a pass from Jettinghoff from 10 yards away. Kicker Kurt Wollenhaupt added his fifth and final extra point of the night to increase the Wildcat lead to 35-0.
The Jefferson JV finished out the remainder of the game and sealed the final margin of victory on a 4-yard TD run by Aaron Parkins (8 rushes/71 yards, 1 TD).
Jefferson returns to Stadium Park next Friday night in a big NWC encounter against the also undefeated Bluffton Pirates. The Panthers travel to Antwerp, still looking for their first victory.
JEFFERSON 41, PAULDING 0
Jefferson 14 7 7 13 - 41
Paulding 0 0 0 0 - 0
DJ- Buzard 61 run (Kurt Wollenhaupt kick)
DJ- Buzard 2 run (Wollenhaupt kick)
DJ- Austin Jettinghoff 12 run (Wollenhaupt kick)
DJ- Ross Thompson 4 run (Wollenhaupt kick)
DJ- Tyler Mox 10 pass from Jettinghoff (Wollenhaupt kick)
DJ- Aaron Parkins 4 run (run failed)
1st downs 22 6
Rushes/yards 52/391 19/8
Comp/att/int 9/15/0 9/18/0
Passing yards 161 60
Total yards 552 68
Fumbles/lost 2/0 0/0
Punts/avg 4/36 7/31
Penalties 9/90 2/10
Rushing- Buzard 25 carries, 208 yards, 2 TDs; Parkins 8 carries, 71 yards, 1 TD; Jordan McCann 8 carries, 41 yards; Jettinghoff 4 carries, 28 yards, 1 TD; Thompson 2 carries, 21 yards, 1 TD; Dalton Hicks 1 carries, 6 yards; Corbin Betz 6 carries, 22 yards.
Passing- Jettinghoff 9-15, 161 yards, 1 TD.
Receiving- Thompson 4-79 yards; Mox 3-57 yards, 1 TD; McCann 1-19 yards; Buzard 1-6 yards.
Tackles-Hicks 10, Gorman 10, Mox 8, Thompson 7, McCann 7, Kirby 5.