|Jays rally in big way behind Jettinghoff to eliminate Senecas|
|Monday, November 18, 2013 12:00 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
The rally made up for it and then some, with the Blue Jays rattling off 42 straight points in a 42-10 dismantling.
St. John’s (8-4) will play Arlington 7 p.m. next Saturday at Lima Stadium.
The main culprit for the Senecas (7-5) was Blue Jay senior tailback, who accounted for all six touchdowns en route to rushing for 199 yards on 23 carries.
“I don’t remember ever scoring that many times in a game,” Jettinghoff explained. “I give all the credit to my offensive line and (fullback) Luke (MacLennan) doing the dirty work up front.”
However, it was the Senecas that drew first blood just 12 seconds into the contest. At the 20, Austin Ball ((20 rushes, 156 yards) took a handoff from quarterback Tyler Long (19 totes, 74 yards; 3-of-16 passing, 9 yards) over right guard and found things to his liking as he tore off an 80-yard scoring jaunt. Michael Smith added the kick for a 7-0 edge.
The Blue and Gold defense held the Senecas to 166 yards of offense the rest of the way.
The Jays garnered a first down on their first series but had to punt.
After forcing a 3-and-out, the Jays marched from the 44 to the Tiffin 26 in five plays — plus a pass interference on the Senecas — but on 4th-and-5, junior quarterback Nick Martz (5-of-6 passing, 65 yards) was sacked for a 4-yard loss by Marcus Somers.
Calvert went on a 12-play drive — also helped by a pass interference on the Jays — that reached the Blue Jay 21. Smith — with the wind at his back — punched a 38-yard field goal through the uprights for a 10-0 lead with 8:57 left in the second period.
“We talked to the kids before the game about coming out ready to play and perhaps we weren’t. Their quickness, especially the front four, also took us by surprise; they were running right past our guys,” Jays coach Todd Schulte assessed.
The Jays then began to find something that worked — the 35 and 36 “O” — and their offensive line (from left to right) — Spencer Ginter, Wes Buettner, Ryan Shumacher, Kellen Schomaeker and Austin Schulte — started to control the Seneca front wall. Jettinghoff began to get untracked, running eight times for 53 yards in the 9-play drive. Jettinghoff finished off the 73-yard sequence from the Tiffin 2, taking a toss off left tackle and heading to the end zone. Ben Wrasman tacked on the point-after for a 10-7 deficit with 4:39 left in the second period.
“We just figured out we could run one play; we tried to simplify things as much as possible. All we did was alternate which side,” Schulte explained. “Toward the end of the second quarter, we could sense they were tiring as well; between plays, they were slower to get up and they had their hands on their hips. Our offensive line started to get hat on hat and Luke kept doing a great job of leading on our ‘O’. People don’t realize what he does to key our offense on every play.”
“We just had to get our anger out,” Ginter said. “As an offensive linemen, you can also see it in your opponent’s eyes when they are starting to get tired.”
The Jays defense forced another 3-and-out and started at the 30. Jettinghoff ran for five yards and then took a toss off right tackle, cut inside, trucked a safety at midfield and headed for the left sideline and the pylon with 2:08 remaining. Wrasman made it 14-10.
Tiffin managed a pair of first downs — including on 4th-and-2 from the 23 when the Jays jumped offside — and effectively ended the half.
On the second-half kickoff, Jettinghoff took the squib kick on the right numbers at the 16. He took off for the middle and battled through the mob at the 40, emerging out of the traffic and heading for the left sideline, outrunning the coverage team to the end zone. Wrasman made it 21-10 just 14 seconds into the third stanza.
“I don’t know if Tyler set a record for scores or not — I and my brothers (Scott and Chad) had our share of scores — but he does a great job of beating the one defender that we can’t account for in our offense,” Schulte added. “We told the kids we had to score coming out of the locker room but I wasn’t expecting that on the kickoff. Defensively, Luke and our other defensive ends did a nice job of not letting their quarterback (Long) on the perimeter. Really, outside of the first play, we handled their offense well.”
“The guy ahead of me got hurt and that made me mad,” MacLennan noted. “I was working at linebacker and defensive end all week and our whole job was to not let Long get outside of us; he did a lot of the work for them.”
The St. John’s “D” — helped by Wrasman’s kickoff and coverage unit pinning the foe at the 13 — forced another 3-and-out and used a 25-yard punt by Smith to start at the Tiffin 41. Four plays later — including a great leaping catch by Evan Hays from Martz for 30 yards — at the 2, the rewind button was used again as Jettinghoff took a toss off left tackle. Wrasman made it 28-10 with 8:12 showing in the third.
Tiffin, with their chances dwindling, tried to retaliate, marching from the 36 to the Jays’ 37 in six plays but a 2-yard loss by Long and a batted pass by Cody Looser ended that threat.
The Jays traveled from the 39 to the Tiffin 12 in nine plays but on play 10, a 4th-and-3, Martz was tackled a yard short of the first down.
Tiffin again had a 3-and-out and the Jays commenced at the Tiffin 36. A down later, Jettinghoff took a toss off left tackle, veered outside, found the sideline and the end zone. Wrasman put in the conversion for a 35-10 edge with 9:58 left.
The Senecas tried to answer again but a holding call short-circuited the effort and a 4th-down incompletion gave the Jays the pigskin at the Calvert 48.
McLennan (10 rushes, 79 yards) ran three times for 35 yards, Jettinghoff for five and then, from the 8, Jettinghoff took a toss off left tackle, bounced outside and beat the defense to the pylon with 4:13 to go. Wrasman accounted for the final point.
ST. JOHN’S 42, TIFFIN CALVERT 10
Calvert 7 3 0 0 - 10
St. John’s 0 14 14 14 - 42
TC - Austin Ball 80 run (Michael Smith kick), 11:48
TC - Smith 38 field goal, 8:57
SJ - Tyler Jettinghoff 2 run (Ben Wrasman kick), 4:39
SJ - Jettinghoff 65 run (Wrasman kick), 2:08
SJ - Jettinghoff 84 kickoff return (Wrasman kick), 11:46
SJ - Jettinghoff 2 run (Wrasman kick), 8:12
SJ - Jettinghoff 36 run (Wrasman kick), 9:58
SJ - Jettinghoff 8 run (Wrasman kick), 4:13
Tiffin Calvert St. John’s
First Downs 12 16
Total Yards 246 348
Rushes-Yards 42-237 42-283
Passing Yards 9 65
Comps.-Atts. 3-17 5-6
Intercepted by 0 0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-0
Penalties-Yards 4-40 3-30
Punts-Aver. 5-32.6 1-31
RUSHING: Austin Ball 20-156, Tyler Long 19-74, Matt Iannantuono 1-18, Adam Recker 1-2, Team 1-(-)13.
PASSING: Long 3-16-9-0-0, Drew Ritzler 0-1-0-0-0.
RECEIVING: Dan Reineke 2-9, Donavon Stith 1-0.
RUSHING: Tyler Jettinghoff 23-199, Luke MacLennan 10-79, Evan Hays 1-11, Brett Vonderwell 1-1, Evan Mohler 1-(-)3, Nick Martz 6-(-)4.
PASSING: Martz 5-6-65-0-0.
RECEIVING: Hays 2-34, Andy May 2-23, MacLennan 1-8.