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Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:41 AM

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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DELPHOS — Senior tailback Zavier Buzard ran 21 times for 211 yards and six touchdowns, pacing the Jefferson gridiron crew to a 48-20 Northwest Conference triumph on a chilly Friday night at Stadium Park.

Jefferson head coach Bub Lindeman gave credit to the horses up front.

 

“That was our biggest concern at the start of the year with so many new starters there,” he explained. “From the start of camp until now, they have come so far. They have gotten steadily better. They opened a lot of holes for Zavier and provided good pass protection for Austin (Jettinghoff); that has given us the balance we’ve been striving for and makes us two-dimensional.”

The Wildcats (3-0, 2-0) got off quickly with a 26-yard kickoff return by sophomore Josh Teman, putting the offense in business at the Pirate 45, commencing an 8-play drive mixed equally of the run (for 11 yards) and the pass (Jettinghoff’s 3-of-4 for 27 yards). The finisher came from the 3 as Buzard took a counter handoff from Jettinghoff off left guard and veered to the pylon with 8:28 showing in the first. Junior Kurt Wollenhaupt added the point-after for a 7-0 edge.

Forcing a 3-and-out, the Wildcat offense took over at the 45. After a holding penalty pushed them back to the 36, Buzard did the rest, taking a counter off the left side, finding a wide-open lane to the outside and speeding down the sideline for the tally. Wollenhaupt made it 14-0 with 5:41 left in the opener.

After three punts, Tyler Mox’s 15-yard punt return set the hosts up at the 41. It took 11 plays — with two penalties for 15 yards not getting in the way — to go the distance. At the Pirate 10, it was a carbon copy of Buzard’s first two scores, only this time instead of veering outside, he powered inside to the end zone. Wollenhaupt extended the lead to 21-0 with 4:02 in the half.

The hosts wasted no time in finalizing scoring for the half: a 2-play, 52-yarder that took 14 ticks off the clock. Starting at the 48, Jettinghoff (9-of-13 passing, 145 yards — all in the first half) hit Mox (3 grabs, 86 yards) for 49 to the visitor 3 and Buzard repeated to make it four scores the first half with 2:04 left. The conversion kick failed as the halftime score was 27-0.

Forcing a 3-and-out on Bluffton’s first drive of the second half, Mox gathered in Josh Bracy’s 38-yard punt near the right-side numbers at the 34, found a hole toward the sideline, juked a defender at the Bluffton 40 and sped down the sideline for the tally. Wollenhaupt made it 34-0 at 10:42 of the third period.

The next two series ended in punts, allowing the guests to take over at the 20. Seven plays later, including a 27-yard completion from Mitchell Ault (15-of-24 passing, 270 yards) to Austin Bricker (5 grabs, 74 yards), Ault ran a keeper inside right guard from the Delphos 3 and found paydirt. He found Robbie Stratton for the 2-point pass for a 34-8 deficit with 2:17 left in the stanza.

The hosts showed their quick-strike ability once again. Buzard returned the kickoff 27 yards to the 47, ran for eight and then took a handoff off left guard, showed good power to get through tacklers at the line of scrimmage, veered toward the sideline and outran the defense to the pylon. Wollenhaupt extended the lead to 41-8 with 1:16 remaining in the third.

Bluffton replied with a 7-play, 54-yard sojourn to the end zone. At the Jefferson 34, Ault, under pressure, flipped a short pass to Noah Stratton (3 catches, 66 yards) and the 5-7 senior did the rest, finding the left sideline and the end zone. The 2-point pass failed, leaving the scoreboard at 41-14 with 8:58 left.

On Bluffton’s next drive, they traveled 52 yards in five plays. At the host 20, Ault threw to Bricker in the left corner of the end zone for the six. After a holding penalty nullified the 2-pointer, the conversion pass then failed for a 41-20 deficit with 4:04 remaining.

After Buzard returned the kickoff 20 yards to the 44, Jefferson needed seven plays to culminate the scoring. At the Bluffton 11, Buzard again went over left guard but this time veered toward the pylon with 28 seconds left. Wollenhaupt added the final point.

“Defensively, we gave u the two late scores but that happens. When it was crunch time, I thought our defense was outstanding,” Lindeman added. “We got good pressure on their quarterback and held down a potent offense. I thought in particular, linebackers Dalton Hicks and Ross Thompson played very well. (Defensive Coordinator) Ben (Rahrig) and his staff out in a nice game plan and dialed up blitzes at just the right time.”

Jefferson visits Allen East 7:30 p.m. Friday, while Bluffton hosts Crestview.

JEFFERSON 48, BLUFFTON 20

Bluffton 0 0 8 12 - 20

Jefferson 14 13 14 7 - 48

FIRST QUARTER

DJ - Zavier Buzard 3 run (Kurt Wollenhaupt kick), 8:08

DJ - Buzard 64 run (Wollenhaupt kick), 5:41

SECOND QUARTER

DJ - Buzard 10 run (Wollenhaupt kick), 4:01

DJ - Buzard 3 run (kick failed), 2:04

THIRD QUARTER

DJ - Tyler Mox 66 punt return (Wollenhaupt kick), 10:42

BL - Mitchell Ault 3 run (Robbie Stratton pass from Ault), 2:17

DJ - Buzard 45 run (Wollenhaupt kick), 1:16

FOURTH QUARTER

BL - Noah Stratton 34 pass from Ault (pass failed), 8:58

BL - Austin Bricker 20 pass from Ault (pass failed), 4:04

DJ - Buzard 11 run (Wollenhaupt kick), :28

TEAM STATS

Bluffton Jefferson

First Downs 10 16

Total Yards 287 377

Rushes-Yards 28-17 34-232

Passing Yards 270 145

Comps.-Atts. 15-24 9-13

Intercepted by 0 0

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 8-62 7-43

Punts-Aver. 6-32.5 3-36.7

INDIVIDUAL

BLUFFTON

RUSHING: Noah Stratton 9-35, Austin Bricker 2-4, Isaac Little 1-0, Jonah Bourassa 1-(-)1, Mitchell Ault 15-(-)21.

PASSING: Ault 15-24-270-0-2.

RECEIVING: Bricker 5-74, Robbie Stratton 4-57, N. Stratton 3-66, Sam Crisp 2-50, Levi Kistler 1-33.

JEFFERSON

RUSHING: Zavier Buzard 21-211, Austin Jettinghoff 6-22, Jordan McCann 3-6, Ross Thompson 2-0, Team 2-(-6).

PASSING: Jettinghoff 9-13-145-0-0.

RECEIVING: Tyler Mox 3-86, McCann 2-24, Trevor Dudgeon 2-22, Thompson 2-13.

Last Updated on Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:48 AM
 

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