DELPHOS – It was a great game night for Delphos Jefferson.
And few have done more plays than Jefferson’s Colin Bailey and Andrew Miller.
Delphos Jefferson struck early and clinched a 47-21 victory over Ada on Saturday night at Stadium Park.
Jefferson converted four Ada first-half turnovers into scores to help fuel the offense.
“We’ve been talking all week about the guys making games,” Jefferson coach Ben Rahrig said. “We did it in the first half with those turnovers and we had a pick of six there. It’s great to see our kids doing plays. ”
Miller scored four touchdowns, three on receptions of 99, 4 and 44 yards. He also had a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown.
“Andrew had a great game,” said Rahrig. “Andrew is one of the hardest working kids we’ve had in the weight room this summer and it paid off tonight.”
Bailey completed 4 of 4 assists for four touchdowns. He had touchdown passes of 99, 4, 44 and 68 yards. On the ground, Bailey made 11 runs for 135 yards. He had 5 and 65 yard TD runs.
Jefferson led 34-7 at halftime and 47-14 after three quarters.
Delphos Jefferson is 3-3, 1-2 in the Northwestern Conference. Ada is 1-5, 0-3 in the NWC.
In the Wildcats’ first practice, on a third and 14 play from Jefferson 1, Bailey hit Andrew Miller on a crossover pattern. Miller hit a jet stream and turned the grip into a 99-yard TD.
This gave Jefferson a 7-0 lead with 7:08 left in the first quarter.
Ada lost a fumble on his next possession and Jefferson took over on his own 5.
Bailey started the run with a 27-yard rush.
In the second game of practice, Bailey hit Trent Teman on a 68-yard touchdown pass.
This gave the Wildcats a 13-0 lead with 3:50 left in the first quarter.
“Those (the first two touchdowns) were awesome,” said Rahrig. “We knew they were playing a man-to-man defense. Colin had a great pass and (Miller) had a great catch and never looked back. ”
Jefferson then achieved his second consecutive turnover.
After Ada’s quarterback Levi Green hit Caden Jones with a right pass, Jefferson’s Cole Hoersten stripped Jones. Jefferson took over at the Ada 36.
Rookie Green was playing for Ada’s injured quarterback Kadin Phipps.
After the turnover, Jefferson totaled 64 yards on six plays for the score.
Bailey hit Andrew Miller in the right corner of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown to give the Wildcats a 20-0 lead.
That came with 10:35 am left in the second quarter.
Jefferson then posted his third consecutive turnover.
This time it was Miller who picked up a green pass and won on the sidelines for a 52-yard touchdown following the interception.
This gave Jefferson a 27-0 lead with 7:56 left in the first half.
Bailey ran it from 5 yards to give Jefferson a 34-0 lead with 5:05 left in the first half.
Ada’s Jones passed him by 2 in the last play of the first half to stand at 34-7. The TD was set up on an interception of Braylon Scalf, which was returned to the Ada 32.
Ada recovered the kick to the side to start the second half and came down and scored. Green’s 9-yard run got Ada to 34-14 with 7:35 left in the third.
Jefferson responded immediately on the next play drive. On the third play of the drive, Bailey hit Miller on a wide receiver screen and he broke him on the sideline for a 44-yard touchdown.
That pushed Jefferson’s lead to 41-14 with 6:27 left in the third.
Ada’s Jones had 15 carries for 103 yards in the first half.
Jones continued to plow straight for big yards and finished with 27 carries for 145 yards.
Ada’s Green completed 13 of 20 for 145 yards. He had one touchdown pass and two interceptions.
Ada’s Kaine Fisher had eight catches for 80 yards with a 29-yard touchdown.
Jefferson has made huge strides since going 0-6 last year.
“We are playing better and playing at a higher level,” said Rahrig. “We’re still looking to take that next step. “
Delphos Jefferson’s Andrew Miller is chased by Ada’s Levi Green in Saturday night’s game at Stadium Park. Go to LimaScore.com for more high school football photos.
Ada’s Casen Jones fights for the footage against Delphos Jefferson’s Logan Murray, left, and Cole Hoersten in Saturday night’s game at Stadium Park.
Delphos Jefferson’s Daniel Myers tackles Ada’s Levi Green in Saturday night’s game at Stadium Park.
Delphos Jefferson’s Tanner Voorhees tries to get his hands on Ada’s Kaine Fisher in Saturday night’s game at Stadium Park.
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