Division VI Regional Quarterfinals: Delphos St. John’s rolls into second round


Division VI Playoffs

There were several solid showings by Division VI teams Friday in the regional quarterfinals. Among the winners were Mogadore, Delphos St. John’s, Shadyside and defending state runner-up Bascom Hopewell-Loudon.


There were several solid showings by Division VI teams Friday in the regional quarterfinals. Among the winners were Mogadore, Delphos St. John’s, Shadyside and defending state runner-up Bascom Hopewell-Loudon.

Division VI Region 21 Quarterfinal

Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 41, Columbiana 14

McDonald 21, Berlin Center Western Reserve 7

Mogadore 30, Leetonia 14

Norwalk St. Paul 56, E. Canton 7

Division VI Region 22 Quarterfinal

Ada 56, W. Unity Hilltop 8

Carey 35, McComb 28

Delphos St. John’s 24, Arlington 7

Pandora-Gilboa 49, Mount Blanchard Riverdale 0

Division VI Region 23 Quarterfinal

Glouster Trimble 26, Caldwell 7

Hannibal River 38, Zanesville Rosecrans 7

Malvern 49, Bridgeport 14

Shadyside 14, Beallsville 3

Division VI Region 24 Quarterfinal

Covington 56, Lockland 12

Mechanicsburg 42, Hamilton New Miami 0

Sidney Lehman 42, Ansonia 7

Springfield Catholic Central 28, Portsmouth Sciotoville 19

Delphos St. John’s rolls into second round

By Ohio High Staff

DELPHOS – Back in the playoffs for the first time since 2005, Delphos St. John’s added one more win to its storied tradition, rolling to a 24-7 victory over Arlington in a Division VI Region 22 quarterfinal Friday night at Stadium Park.

It was the 31st playoff victory in school history for the Blue Jays, who used two third quarter touchdowns to seal the deal in what was a defensive battle most of the way on a chilly Halloween evening.

“Our guys came up with some big plays in the third, and that was a big key for us,” St. John’s head coach Todd Schulte said. This was a tough game for us, and even though we weren’t as productive offensively as we normally are, we were able to get the win.”

The Blue Jays can thank Jordan Leininger for helping them move on to the next round and move one step closer to the school’s fifth state championship. The Blue Jays last won a title in 2005.

The sophomore running back delivered his biggest blow early in the third, shaking off several would-be tacklers and racing down the right sideline for a 50-yard TD run that put St. John’s ahead 17-0 with 9:56 remaining.

The TD was the second of the night for Leininger, who caught a 37-yard TD pass from Wes Ulm in the closing minutes of the first half to stake the Blue Jays to a 10-0 lead at the break.

Leininger finished with 163 yards on 23 carries.

Jordan Leininger delivered the biggest blow, breaking several tackles before racing down the right sideline for a 50-yard touchdown run that gave St. John’s a 17-0 cushion with 9:56 left in the third.

The TD was the second of the night for Leininger, who caught a 37-yard scoring strike right before halftime and carried the ball 23 times for 163 yards.

His performance helped St. John’s shake off a slow start in which it turned the ball over twice on fumbles and failed to score in the opening quarter.

“I guess it was the playoff blues,” Leininger said. “We moved the ball, but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties and fumbles. … But give Arlington credit. They hit us more than we thought they were going to hit us. They gave us all we could handle.”

Just over two minutes later, Wes Ulm, who used often burned the Red Devils with his ability to dodge tackles and buy himself time to throw the ball down the field, ran into the end zone from 3

yards out to push the Blue Jays’ advantage to 24-0.

While St. John’s continued its tradition, Arlington (7-4) watched as its second consecutive appearance in the playoffs came to a close. The Red Devils have only been to the playoffs twice and head coach Dick Leonard hopes his team can build on this experience and become a regular in the postseason.

“This is something we want to continue to do,” Leonard said. “Getting to the playoffs is what players look forward to and we will learn from this.”

Leonard was impressed with the play of St. John’s, which rolled up 301 yards on the ground en route to the win.

“They have a great football team and they are well-coached,” Leonard said. “When you put talent and good coaching together, you have a pretty good deal. We couldn’t slow them down when we needed to.”

Arlington, which finished with only 117 yards on the night against a hard-hitting and aggressive Blue Jays defense, came to life offensively in the third when it used a nine-play drive that was capped by Cam Brown’s 31-yard TD run with 10:24 left in the fourth.

The drive was highlighted by a leaping catch by Brent Williams, who jumped into the air despite having a defender draped all over him and hauled in a pass from Zane Leonard for a 19-yard gain.

Leonard threw a 28-yard pass to Matt Morehart as well during the drive.

“We are primarily a running team but we should have done some more passing in the first half to loosen up their defense,” Leonard said. “We had some success when we threw the ball in the second half but it wasn’t enough.”

It apeared this game was going to be a defensive battle right to the end as neither team gave up much in the early going. The first quarter ended in a scoreless tie and the Red Devils forced two turnovers. They were unable to capitalize on either miscue, though, going three-and-out on both drives.

The Blue Jays eventually got on track and went into halftime with a 10-0 cushion thanks in large part to the TD catch by Leininger, who caught the ball near the 20 and took off for the end zone.

“We didn’t capitalize on those turnovers and that a was a killer for us,” Leonard said. “That touchdown they scored before the half was like a punch in the gut. It might have been different had we been able to keep those 7 points off the board. But their quarterback eluded the rush and made a big play.”

Although the game didn’t go the way the Red Devils had hoped, Leonard is proud of his team’s effort against a program that has won four state titles and has a great deal of depth, which it uses to wear down opponents late in a game.

“I give our kids a lot of credit for their effort,” Leonard said. “We were physical just like they were on defense and stayed with them, but they made the big plays and we didn’t.”

Schulte was proud of his defense for stepping up when it needed to, including late in the fourth quarter when it came up with two quarterback sacks to kill off an Arlington drive.

“Our defense came to play,” Schulte said. :”We made big hits and we were able to slow down their running game. That was a big key to our success.”


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