in a close football game Saturday. The Blue Jays, who have had all five
games decided by seven points or less, downed Versailles 14-7 in a
Midwest Athletic Conference contest. The Blue Jays improved to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in conference after
starting the season 0-3. A difficult season continues for Versailles,
which is now 1-4, 1-3.
A lot of DSJ’s tight results has to do with coach Todd Schulte and his approach to the game – grind it out and let the defense win. The plan appears to be gaining strength as the Jays improved to 2-3 after starting the season 0-3. A difficult season continues for Versailles, which is now 1-4.
“I told the kids no matter how ugly it is this is still a win and hopefully we can keep grinding out and establish a little momentum going,” Schulte said.
St. John’s second twice in the second quarter, both short runs by Blake Williams. Williams made the most of his carriers, getting three touches on the night.
After a scoreless first quarter in which Delphos only touched the ball once offensively, the Jays discovered some offense in the second stanza.
Starting on its own 24-yard line, DSJ’s long march to six points commenced. Using misdirection and mostly run, Jays quarterback Wes Ulms guided his team downfield. Ulms ended the night with 65 yards rushing unofficially.
The drive resulted in six points when Williams bowled in from 2-yards at the 10:05 mark. The extra point made it 7-0.
The Jays went back to work a few moments later and repeated the previous drive. Again using mostly the run, Delphos started at its own 35 and ended in the end zone.
Ulms did most of the work with some help from tailback Tony Reindel, but again it was Williams capping things with one-yard dive. The extra point made it 14-0 and it began to feel like DSJ was in complete control.
Versailles threatened at the end of the half, but ran out time and headed to the locker room down two TDs.
“We gave up some long yardage on third and long,” Versailles coach Jason Schondelmyer said. “But we just didn’t play very well in the first half and that really hurt us.”
Opening the second half, Schulte’s crew put on full display what he wants to do – hold the ball, run the clock and win the game.
The Jays took their first second half possession at their own 36-yard line and kept the ball for almost 10 minutes. Slowly they plowed their way down the field, mixing in the pass and converting a number of long down situations.
DSJ threatened to make it 21-0, but the drive hit the skids deep inside Versailles territory. The Tigers held on fourth down and the game shifted a bit.
Giving the Jays a taste of their own medicine, the Tigers mounted their own long drive. Just like DSJ, they used mostly the run, using five different players. With time ticking away, the Tigers finally reached the goal line at the 5:09 mark in the final period, when Ethan Oliver hit on a two-yard run. Jon Richard’s kick made it 14-7 and the Tigers had some new life.
Versailles recovered an onside kick but turned the ball back over on a fumble a few play later. From there DSJ ate up the clock and left the field with the win.