The Division VII Region 28 championship game from Harmon Field in Wapakoneta will showcase a pair of MAC teams (surprise, surprise) as #3-seeded Delphos St. John’s (8-4) hooks up with the #4-seeded Minster Wildcats (8-4) Friday night at 7:30 p.m. In their regular season conference game Minster dominated the Blue Jay’s 41-14, but will Minster roll again? Or does St. John’s make the right adjustments, while the Wildcats rest on their laurels?
When Minster has the Football:
Minster uses a balanced offense that likes to use the legs of their stud QB Jared Huelsman as well as his arm. In a perfect world, the Wildcats like to chew clock by methodically moving the ball down the field and letting the defense make a mistake that allows Huelsman to take advantage of. In the regular season, Minster’s offense scored 23.4 points and rang up 310.2 yards of total offense per game.
Huelsman is the heartbeat of Minster offense – stop him and essentially you stop the Wildcat offense. That’s no small feat as the Blue Jays found out in their 41-14 regular season loss. He finished his regular season running for 1,034 yards and 13 TDs while tossing another 10 TD passes on 1,437 yards. Austin Brown has led the Wildcats pass catchers with 480 yards and 5 TDs.
Troy Elwer leads the Blue Jays with 117 tackles, while Isaac Musser has 106, and Troy Schwinnen has added another 105 tackles to give Delphos St. John’s a tough run defense to go along with five interceptions. Finally, Matthew Miller has given opposing quarterbacks headaches with his three interceptions.
When Delphos St. John’s has the football:
Junior quarterback Jared Wurst provides the St. John’s offense with their heartbeat. Wurst has 1,072 yards with five touchdowns through the air and he also leads the team with 603 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. Wurst shares the backfield in St. John’s offense with Cole Reindel who has added 470 yards on the ground. Curtis Schwinnen led the receivers in the regular season with 16 catches for 251 yards and Connor Hulihan added 15 receptions for 206 yards.
Minster is one of the more opportunistic defenses in the area – look no further than the +16 turnover margin they have enjoyed in 2017. The do it all Huelsman (4 INT) will be looking to help his own cause by making Wurst pay for putting the ball up anywhere near him Minster allows just 285.5 yards and 15.9 points per game and is looking to shut down St. John’s.
Key to winning:
Seeing how Minster and St. John’s are so familiar with one another, there will be little room for surprises. The key to this one will come down to whether Wurst can rise to the occasion and match Huelsman to exact revenge Huelsman and Minster has the experience of making it to the championship game, while the Blue Jay’s are looking to restore their program to those lofty heights.