Minster Pulls Away From DSJ, Prepares for Trip to St. Henry

Staff Writer

Delphos St. John’s sure didn’t look like a one-win team during the second quarter of last Friday’s game. The Blue Jays went punch for punch with state-ranked Minster in a wild, point-filled second quarter that saw the two conference foes combine for 35 points.

Minster capped off that second-quarter scoring frenzy with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Niemeyer to Cody Frericks with zeroes showing on clock to grab a halftime lead. The Wildcats rode that momentum into the halftime and then dominated the second half to pick up a 35-14 win at Delphos St. John’s.

Minster continues its march towards the playoffs at 5-1 and is now 3-1 in the Midwest Athletic Conference.

Minster running back Broc Miller rushed for 107 yards and three more touchdowns a week after scoring four times in his season debut at quarterback. Miller plunged in from 10 yards midway in the third quarter and from a yard out early in the fourth to cap a 93-yard scoring march for the final 35-14 score.

Niemeyer had an up and down night, completing 16-of-27 passes for two touchdowns while fighting past two interceptions. But the Wildcat signal caller shined when Minster needed him most, connecting with Frericks on the final play of the first half to put Minster ahead for good. Earlier in the second quarter Niemeyer hit Mike Ketner on a 45-yard touchdown pass that put Minster up 14-14 midway through the second quarter.

Minster’s passing game has not only been efficient this year, completing 64 percent of its passes while only throwing three interceptions, they’ve spread the ball around. After Friday, Minster had seven different receivers who have more than 100 yards receiving. Six different receivers have nine or more receptions.

St. John’s, despite entering the game 1-3 and 0-2 in the MAC, put up quite a fight. Twice after falling behind the Blue Jays responded with tying scores when Jared Wurst scored from four yards out and Curtis Schwinnen caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Wurst with about a minute to go in the half.

Minster rushed for 266 yards and threw for 187 for a balanced offensive attack while the defense shut out DSJ in the second half after a rocky second quarter. August Boehnlein had five tackles and recovered two fumbles. Jack Heitbrink led the Wildcats with six tackles. Alex Schmitmeyer and Joe Winner each broke up two passes.

While Minster is sitting in a good position in the computer points standings, next week brings a big challenge with a trip to St. Henry looming. The Wildcats are second in Division VII, Region 28, behind only a team they beat in Week 1, Fort Loramie.

St. Henry enters the game at 4-2 following a 28-7 loss to conference power Marion Local. St. Henry came into Week 6 as the top rushing team in the MAC, averaging more than 250 yards rushing per game.

Marion Local and Coldwater stayed atop the conference standings with matching 4-0 conference records with wins on Friday, the Flyers downing the Redskins and Coldawter blanking New Bremen 28-0. Minster and Anna are both 3-1 a game behind them while St. Henry and Fort Recovery are both 2-2.