Defending state champion Delphos St. John’s goes for title No. 6

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Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays

The Blue Jays experienced quite a turnaround in Allen County, going
from a 2-8 finish in 2007 to the D-VI state title last season. This year, DSJ should be a favorite to repeat. Whatever holes there are
are overshadowed by the tremendous amount of talent that returns
elsewhere.


Delphos St. John’s (13-2)

* Players to Watch – LB Chris Pohlman (6-2, 240, Jr.); QB Wes Ulm (6-1, 200, Sr.); RB Jordan Leininger (6-2, 205, Jr.); C Alex Recker (6-1, 235, Jr.); OT Austin Vogt (6-3, 250, Jr.); OLB Joel Pohlman (6-0, 185, Sr.); FS Tyler Bergfield (6-2, 180, Jr.); SS AJ Klausing (5-10, 170, Jr.)

* Outlook –
The Blue Jays experienced quite a turnaround in Allen County, going from a 2-8 finish in 2007 to the D-VI state title last season.

This year, DSJ should be a favorite to repeat. Whatever holes there are are overshadowed by the tremendous amount of talent that returns elsewhere.

“We are excited about the large number of starters and returning lettermen that are returning in 2009, but as always we will need to stay healthy and have some luck to be successful,” head coach Todd Shulte said. “We look forward to another exciting and hard hitting year in the Midwest Athletic Conference.”

Chris Pohlman was second-team All-Ohio last season after registering 158 tackles and returns to a unit that allowed just 13.7 points in 13 wins. Also back on defense are Joel Pohlman (124 tackles), Bergfield (68 tackles, six interceptions) and Klausing (99 tackles, six interceptions).

Ulm spearheads the offense and is one of the state’s top dual threat QBs. Last season he passed for 1,172 yards and rushed for 1,027 more. Ulm accounted for 27 TDs.

Leininger is a beast out of the backfield where he ran for 1,222 yards and 15 TDs last season. Recker and Vogt anchor an experienced – and big – offensive line.

Said Schulte, who will go for his 100th career win this season (98-31 in 11 years): “We start off with two tough non-league opponents in Tinora and Lima Central Catholic, followed by the meat-grinder called the MAC.”

Schedule

8/29 @ LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC
9/4 TINORA (DEFIANCE)    
9/11 MINSTER
9/18 @ NEW BREMEN
9/25 VERSAILLES
10/2 @ MARION LOCAL (MARIA STEIN)    
10/9 @ PARKWAY (ROCKFORD)        
10/16 COLDWATER
10/23 @ ST HENRY
10/30 FORT RECOVERY

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