DELPHOS — St. John’s needed to make a big defensive stop and a big offensive play late in the fourth period against Versailles Friday night.
They did both and preserved a 20-18 Midwest Athletic Conference victory over the Tigers at Stadium Park.
Needing a first down to run out the clock, St. John's senior quarterback Mark Boggs reads the defense perfectly on the option, keeping the rock and turning up field for the first down. That helped the host Blue Jays preserve a 20-18 MAC victory over Versailles at Stadium Park.
After stopping a Blue Jay drive midway through the fourth, Versailles (5-3, 4-2), down 20-12, took possession on their 36. The offense began a series of plays which took them to St. John’s 1. With 2:20 on the clock, Nick Campbell ran into the end zone. To tie the score, the Tigers attempted a 2-point conversion, which was denied.
The Jays then fielded the onside kick at their own 43. The Jays ran out the clock, including a key conversion by Mark Boggs, to preserve the win.
After a pair of 3-and-outs to start the game, the Jays took over at the 15 with 8:30 to go in the first quarter. The Jays orchestrated a series of running plays, led by running back Tyler Jettinghoff (24 rushes, 219 yards). At the Tiger 34, Mark Boggs found Ben Youngpeter on a pass to the 1, from where Boggs ran it in for the touchdown. Andrew Metzger added the extra point for a 7-0 score at 5:25 of the first.
After trading 3-and-outs, the Tigers picked off a pass and began a scoring drive from their 25. Gaining ground after a succession of completed passes and excellent running, they marched to the Jays’ 20, aided by a facemask infraction against the Jays. With 10:21 to go in the second quarter, Nick Campbell’s throw was tipped and caught by Damien Richard in the end zone. The point-after kick was no good and the Jays led 7-6.
The Tigers held the Jays in their own territory on a 3-and-out; the ensuing punt from the 20 was blocked and the Tigers took over on the 14. Rushing gains got the ball to the 2, setting up Campbell for a quarterback sneak; the 2point conversion was no good for a 12-7 lead at 4:51 of the second period.
After the kickoff, the Jays took possession on the 26. Boggs handed of to Luke MacLennan for two yards and then set up in the shotgun formation. He handed off to Jettingoff and he bolted for a 75-yard touchdown run. Metzger’s extra point is good for a 14-12 lead with 3:08 left in the second quarter, which was the halftime score.
After forcing a 3-and-out to start the third, the Jays started at the 14. After a succession of runs by Boggs and Jettingoff, they clawed their way to the Tigers’ 36 but a penalty stalled the drive and forced a punt.
After forcing another punt, the Jays took over on the 42 with 3:13 showing. The Jays’ running game, along with a few short passes, yielded a 42-yard touchdown run by MacLennan with 35 seconds left in the quarter. The Jays missed the extra point and led 20-12.
That set up a number of possessions that turned out to be fruitless until the Tigers’ final drive.
St. John’s (5-3, 4-2) hosts New Bremen Friday.
Score by Quarters:
Versailles 0 12 0 6 - 18
St. John’s 7 7 6 0 - 20
Score Summary QTR/Time
7/0-8 plays, 85 yards; 1-yard TD run Boggs (Metzger XP good) - 1/5:25
7/6-12 plays, 80 yards; 20-yard TD pass to Richard (XP no good) - 2/10:21
7/12-5 plays, 14 yards; 2-yard TD run Rutschilling (2P no good) - 2/4:51
14/12-3 plays, 75 yards, 75-yard TD run Jettinghoff (XP good) - 3/3:08
20/12-5 plays, 58 yards; 42-yard TD run MacLennan (XP blocked) - 3/0:35
20/18-11 plays, 64 yards; 1-yard TD run Campbell (2P no good) - 4/2:20
Versailles St. John’s
First Downs 14 18
Rush Yards 81 336
Pass Comp./Att. 8-19 6-11
Pass Yards 110 78
Pass TD/Int. 1-0 0-1
Punts/Avg 6-35 4-33.3
Fumbles/Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties/Yards 0-0 4-29
Rush: Mike Rutschilling 15-53-1, Nick Campbell 9-27-1.
Passing: Campbell 8-19-110-0-1
Receiving: Damien Richard 7-95-1.
Rush: Jettinghoff 24-219-1, MacLennan 9-82-1, Boggs 15-35-1.
Passing: Boggs 6-11-78-1-0.
Receiving: Jettinghoff 3-13, Youngpeter 1-33, Metzger 1-19, Buettner 1-13.