Coldwater, Delphos St. John’s collide in meeting of top ranked teams

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Coldwater’s Keith Wenning and DSJ’s Wes Ulm lead their undefeated teams against each other Friday. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

Before the season at a photo shoot for Ohio High and MVP magazines,
quarterback counterparts Keith Wenning (Coldwater) and Wes Ulm (Delphos
St. John’s) shared some friendly conversation about the upcoming
season. Friday their pads do the talking.


Before the season at a photo shoot for Ohio High and MVP magazines, quarterback

counterparts Keith Wenning (Coldwater) and Wes Ulm (Delphos St. John’s) shared some friendly conversation about the upcoming season. Friday their pads do the talking.

In a meeting of undefeateds and unanimous No. 1s, Coldwater travels to Delphos to tangle with the Blue Jays at Stadium Park.

Coldwater (Division V) and St. John’s (Division VI) are No. 1 in their respective divisions in the JJHuddle Power Poll, the AP State Poll, the MVP Fab 5 Poll and even in Drew Pasteur’s mathematically generated Fantastic 50 rankings. Both are No. 1 in playoff points in each of their regions as well.

It’s not a stretch to envision both these teams leaving Stark County with state titles in December. They already did it once (in 2005).

Although St. Henry, Versailles and Marion Local have each played a part in maintaining the MAC’s reputation and have combined for seven state titles since 1997, those three schools combined have won two outright MAC titles and shared one over that same span. Coldwater and St. John’s on the other hand have won or shared the MAC title 10 of the last 12 years.

Friday’s game will more than likely decided the conference champion again this season. The winner is assured the outright lead in the conference race and at least a piece of the title, which has proven to be a harder piece of hardware to get lately than a state title.

St. John’s enters the game riding a 14-game win streak, which started following a convincing 38-7 Week 8 loss to Coldwater last year.

Coldwater, which has beaten the Blue Jays eight straight times, is led by a senior class that is 44-3 to date.

Here’s some other info…

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

COLDWATER (7-0)
No. 1 in Division V Power Poll, AP Poll, Fab 5 Poll and Fantastic 50
Off. Avg: 32.7 ppg
Def. Avg: 13.3 ppg
MAC Titles: 16 (08, 06, 05, 04, 02, 01, 87, 86, 85, 84, 83, 82, 80, 77, 76, 75)
State Titles: 2 (2005, 2007)
State Runner-up: 2 (1998, 2000)
State Semifinal Trips: 7
Playoff Appearances: 14 (42-12 record)
Best Non-League Win: Kenton. Cavs were up 22-0 then had to rally from 26-22 deficit to win – and did.
Best MAC Win To Date: Anna. Cavs utilized the big play to beat a fellow D-V state title contender.
Who To Watch: QB/DB Keith Wenning (Sr.); TE/DL Eric Lefeld; RB Adam Rammel (Sr.); RB/DB Aaron Rammel (Jr.); K Troy Otten (So.); RB/DB Ross Wehmert (Jr.); RB/DT Kurt Westerheide (Sr.); WR/DB Colin Paynter (Sr.); WR/LB Kurt Schoenherr (Jr.); RB/LB Jake Pohl (Sr.); RB/LB Brady Otten (Sr.); TE/DE Keith Uhlenhake (Sr.)
Nuggets: Coldwater’s senior class has won a state title and made last year’s regional final before being ousted by eventual champion Alter…Lefeld is a Cincinnati recruit…Wenning has offers from Ball State and Air Force.

Results:
8/28    def. Kenton (6-1) 29-26    
9/4      def. Benjamin Logan (0-7) 41-7    
9/11    def. Versailles (4-3) 25-14    
9/18    def. Marion Local (3-4) 42-19    
9/25    def. Anna (6-1) 27-13    
10/2    def. Parkway (0-7) 48-14    
10/9    def. St Henry (5-2) 17-0

DELPHOS ST. JOHN’S (7-0)
No. 1 in Division VI Power Poll, AP Poll, Fab 5 Poll and Fantastic 50
Off. Avg: 41.7 ppg
Def. Avg: 8.7 ppg
MAC Titles: 7 (00, 99, 98, 97, 94, 91, 89)
State Titles: 5 (1997-99, 2005, 2008)
State Runner-up: None   
State Semifinal Trips: 9
Playoff Appearances: 11 (35-6 record)
Best Non-League Win: Lima Central Catholic and Defiance Tinora, tie. Both the Thunderbirds and Rams are ranked in their respective Power Poll Top 10s.
Best MAC Win To Date: New Bremen. Hard to believe yes, but the Cards just beat Marion Local last week. And the Jays blasted New Bremen at home.
Who To Watch: QB Wes Ulm, Sr.); RB Jordan Leininger (Jr.); LB Chris Pohlman (Jr.); RB Blake Williams (Sr.); WR/DB Tyler Bergfeld (Jr.); LB Joel Pohlman (Sr.); LB Dylan Dancer (Jr.); DB AJ Klausing (Jr.)
Nuggets: The Jays senior class started their careers with a win on the road at Division I Worthington Kilbourne (28-12) in the 2006 opener…DSJ was just 2-8 in 2007, but rebounded to go 13-2 last year and win its fifth D-VI state title.

Results:

8/29    def. Lima Central Catholic (6-1) 21-14    
9/4      def. Tinora (6-1) 48-0    
9/11    def. Minster (1-6) 48-6    
9/18    def. New Bremen (4-3) 70-6    
9/25    def. Versailles (4-3) 28-14    
10/2    def. Marion Local (3-4) 35-14    
10/9    def. Parkway (0-7)     42-7

PREDICTION:
Coldwater 28, Delphos St. John’s 27

SOMETHING TO CHEW ON:
If the playoffs started today six of the MAC’s 10 teams would be in: St. Henry, Coldwater and Anna in D-V and DSJ, Marion Local and New Bremen in D-VI. It’s likely the conference will only get four (possibly five) teams in following Week 10.

AUDIO ANYONE?: Listen to an interview with DSJ head coach Todd Shulte as he discusses the Blue Jays and the huge task of facing Coldwater. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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