Virginia Bandy/Ada Photo
Jefferson’s Curtis Miller (white) attempts to catch a pass while Allen East’s Sean Anderson (blue) defends during the Mustangs and Wildcats game on Friday, Sept. 18, in Harrod.
Virginia Bandy/Ada Photo Jefferson’s Curtis Miller (white) attempts to catch a pass while Allen East’s Sean Anderson (blue) defends during the Mustangs and Wildcats game on Friday, Sept. 18, in Harrod.
BY VIRGINIA BANDY

Brown Publishing Correspondent

sports@timesbulletin.com

HARROD - The Delphos Jefferson Wildcats traveled to Mustang country on Friday and quickly showed Allen East who was in charge. It's the "fast start" that head coach Bub Lindeman has been preaching to his squad from the beginning of the season. The momentum carried D-J through the game to win 17-7 in the NWC contest.

At only a minute and a half into the game, the Wildcats jumped out to an early lead with a quarterback sneak into the end zone by Jordan Jettinghoff from seven yards out. A faked extra point kick turned into a successful two-point conversion as Logan Bonifas threw a short pass to Mark McElroy.

"That first early score set the tone for the game," said Coach Lindeman. "Then the defense could put more pressure on their offense."

The pressure from the Wildcat line did prevent the Mustangs from scoring until the second quarter. A drive that started in the final minutes of the first stanza saw the Mustangs make their way to the one yard line, where junior Levi Hoy made the dive for the score. Even the good extra point by Aaron Swaney kept the Wildcats up by one.

The Mustangs thought they had another chance to score when Blake Truex intercepted a pass intended for D-J's Nick Cook, but the possession was short-lived for AE. The punt to the Wildcats started a drive that came down to the five yard line but a fumbled snap and an incomplete pass led to a field goal instead of a touchdown.

Within seconds of the first half ending, D-J made the final score of the game with a pass from Jettinghoff to Bonifas. To the dismay of Mustang fans, even though Bonifas was pushed back out of the end zone to the one yard line, the refs ruled the touchdown as good. With a failed extra point try, the score at the end of the first half was 17-7, and would stay that way until the end of the contest.

A scoreless second half showed that the D-J offense slowed down while their defense played well. Curtis Miller had a fumble in the third that AE recovered, but couldn't capitalize on, and the next D-J possession saw another fumble; this one by Mitchell Antalis. The Mustangs came within two inches of a first down on the six yard line, but were unsuccessful in breaking over the line of scrimmage.

"We got out of rhythm there...committed some fouls...but we walked away with a victory, so we're still happy," said Coach Lindeman. "It was a team effort and they did a good job."