(8-18-22) Delphos has had two high schools for a long time, Jefferson and St. John’s. They both have football teams that have had seasons to remember. Despite being in the same town, of just over 7,000 residents, they did not schedule each other in football until 2021.
The two schools compete in different leagues…Jefferson is a long-time member of the Northwest Conference, St. John’s left the Western Buckeye League in the early 1980’s and joined the Midwest Athletic Conference.
Coin Toss To Remember in 2001’s historic first ever meeting –
The first game the two ever played, thanks to the OHSAA, was in a 2001 playoff game that was won by the Blue Jays 38-13.
2001 St. John’s Football Team
2001 Jefferson Football Team
Last season, on the newly installed turf field at Stadium Park, the two played their first ever regular season game with the Wildcats winning 28-14.
Saturday night they play at Stadium Park for the 3rd time in the history of the series.
WOSN You Tube Video
Rapid Recap: Delphos Jefferson vs Delphos St. Johns 8/21/2021
New Turf Field – 5-4-21
Delphos City Council suspended the rules and passed an ordinance on a 20-year lease agreement with Champions Field, Inc. to use and renovate Stadium Park to bring in artificial turf. Champions Field, Inc. consists of staff from both Delphos Jefferson and St. Johns who set up a non-profit to fund-raise for the field. They received around $870,000 which will pay for the cost of the field.
- Above (black and white) pictures from St. John’s and Jefferson yearbooks.