D-VI State Final Revisited: Video, Quotes and What Really Happened


Delphos St. John’s set an all-time playoff record with 77 points against Shadyside in the D-VI state final.

Delphos St. John’s lit up the Canton Fawcett Stadium scoreboard like a pinball machine, ringing often and setting a litany of accomplishments along the way in a 77-6 victory over Shadyside in the Division VI title game last Friday. Here’s how it went down…






By Tim Langevin

Delphos St. John’s lit up the Canton Fawcett Stadium scoreboard like a
pinball machine, ringing often and setting a litany of accomplishments
along the way in a 77-6 victory over Shadyside in the Division VI title
game Friday afternoon.

It was a “Rock Me Amadeus” experience the boys from Southeast Ohio hope to soon forget, as well as the most dominating performance in the 39-year history of OHSAA championship games.

“We got beat by a bigger, stronger, faster team,” Shadyside head coach Mark Holenka said.

Shadyside concludes the season 13-2 and their second year coach drops
to 19-8. It was the second time the Tigers reached the state final,
losing to another MAC opponent Marion Local 17-0 in 2006. Imagine that.

The Blue Jays established five new championship game records
– most offensive touchdowns (11); most points (77); largest margin of
victory (71); rushing yardage (416 yards); and total offense (552

In addition, the Blue Jay defense forced seven turnovers; six were interceptions, three by Ty Bergfeld, and Troy
Warnecke recovered a fumble. Kyle Neumeier led all tacklers with nine
and Chris Pohlman added seven, including one for a 10-yard loss.

This was the most dominating playoff run in recent history as St.
John’s outscored its five opponents 297-61 to claim its sixth state
championship, joining MAC rival St. Henry as two of only four schools in the state to achieve such a feat.

Looking back, Lehman’s 49-7 loss last week in the state semifinals
wasn’t so bad after all. Compared to this game, it was a nail-biter.

For the Blue Jay players, it was the end of a year-long mission after
losing to Norwalk St. Paul 24-21 in the final seconds of the 2009 state
title game.

Chris Pohlman said, “We thought about last year’s loss all season long. It made for many sleepless nights.”

Evan Burgei said, “It was a great end to our careers. We really
pushed towards a happy ending because of last year. We didn’t like how
it went down.”

Enough can’t be said about this senior class. They have compiled a 42-3 record with two MAC crowns and two state titles in three straight appearances.

“I thought our guys got better each week. Our goal was to keep
getting better each week. Peak at the right time. Play our best football
at the end of the year. We did that,” St. John’s head coach Todd
Schulte said. “These seniors are used to long seasons. They work hard in
the offseason. It pays dividends. They were able to stay focused all season. Even more once the playoffs started.”

Enough can’t be said about coach Schulte. His resume
screams Hall of Fame. In his 12th season, Schulte has recorded a 126-32
mark with four MAC titles and four state championships. His predecessor
and mentor Vic Whiting, who was in attendance, must be proud.

St. John’s failed to score on the game’s opening possession. Come
again? St. John’s failed to score on the game’s opening possession. The
Jays netted 11 yards on three carries by QB Jordan Leininger, but a
penalty forced Alex Recker to punt. That would prove to be his last punt
of the game.

The St. John’s defense held and then the Blue Jays scored 56
unanswered points before Shadyside found the endzone with 8:44 left in
the game on a 13-yard run by Evan Marling.

The top-ranked and 15-0 Jays scored 14 points in the first quarter.
Leininger culminated an 80-yard drive with a two-yard run and Burgei
caught a 30-yard TD strike from Leininger.

Delphos tacked on 21 points in the second quarter to take a
commanding 35-0 halftime lead. Leininger scored on an 11-yard run. Ty
Bergfeld hauled in a 36-yard TD pass after a Tyler Ditto pick. And
Jordan Bergfeld concluded the scoring with a 26-yard gallop.

Schulte said, “We weren’t going to quit competing. That’s why we used
our timeouts near the end of the half to get good field position. We
were able to put it in the endzone on a trap play with Bergfeld.”

The lead ballooned to 49-0 after three quarters. Burgei accounted for both TDs on runs of five and two yards, respectively.

The senior RB finished the afternoon with 123 yards on 17 carries
with three scores. His performance set a new mark for most TDs in a
Division VI championship game with four. He closed out another stellar
season with 1,674 yards rushing and 27 TDs. That’s back-to-back
1,000-yard seasons.

Asked where he obtained his speed (MAC 100-meter champion), he
replied, “….from my dad. He played cornerback for Michigan.”  We won’t
hold that against him.

The fourth quarter belonged to the back-up players, scoring 21 of the
team’s 28 points. And what a thrill-ride for junior RB Chris Will, who
scored on a 75-yard dash down the right sideline on the biggest stage.
Even cooler, his name will enter the record book for the longest TD run in Division VI championship game history.

Sophomore QB Mark Boggs added to the fray with a 20-yard TD run and
sophomore FB Brock Bonifas rumbled for a 13-yard TD run to cap an
explosive offensive output.

Both Delphos kickers were perfect. Josh Rode converted 8-of-8 PATs and Adam Metzger was 3-of-3.

Shadyside’s senior TB Brendan Sedinger, who entered the contest with 1,636 yards, finished the game with 60 yards on 15 totes. QB Ellis Brown struggled mightily, completing 8-of-20 passes for 123 yards and five picks.

Jordan Leininger did it again with his arm and legs. He completed
7-of-10 passes for 136 yards and two TDs and ran for 101 yards on 13
carries with two TDs. He concluded another brilliant season with 1,397
yards passing and 1,236 yards rushing for 31 combined TDs.

Which begs the question, why no Division I college offers?

And so, MAC schools have won 20 state titles since 1989 and the Division VI Hardware an 11th time in 17 years.

In the words of JJ Huddle managing editor Eric Frantz, “Dominance is spelled M-A-C. Plain and simple.”


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