The Wapakoneta Redskins were sound in all phases of Friday’s game, as they rolled to a 38-6 win over the Bath Wildcats in their home opener, a Western Buckeye League varsity football contest at Harmon Field in Wapakoneta.
The Redskins’ starting defense held Bath’s starters scoreless, the offense had zero turnovers and finished scoring drives, and a couple special teams plays stood out, as state-ranked Wapakoneta cruised to its fourth straight win to begin the season.
McGUFFEY — Friday’s game against Upper Scioto Valley was not the way the Waynesfield-Goshen varsity football team wanted to open play in the Northwest Central Conference.
Not only were the Tigers (1-3, 0-1 NWCC) beat handedly by the Rams (2-2, 1-0) 28-0 in McGuffey, but they were outgained 358 yards to 152 in total offense, 273 to 85 through the air, racked up a season-high 11 penalties for 110 yards and converted just 2 of 17 on third down.
McGUFFEY — With non-conference competition out of the way, the Waynesfield-Goshen varsity football team will begin play against Northwest Central Conference foes. For the Tigers, conference play will begin Friday at McGuffey against the Upper Scioto Valley Rams.
“We had a close game against them last year, and it has been a solid rival for the program in the last two seasons, so there is some extra motivation just because of who we are playing,” Tigers coach Tyler Turner said. “Our kids want to beat Upper.”
A long-awaited event debuted this past weekend, and it was very successful in its inaugural year.
The Auglaize County Open Championship — a golf tournament among players from the county’s three courses — was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Wapakoneta Country Club, Arrowhead Golf Club and Minster and Prairie View Golf Club in Waynesfield each hosted one day of the tournament.
Prairie View’s Doug Spencer said executing the idea for the tournament took less than one year, it was a routine desire among the county’s golfers.
ELIDA — Although the stadium lights didn’t do their job for a brief time Friday, the spotlight shined brightly all night long on the Wapakoneta Redskins’ defense.
Wapakoneta held the Elida Bulldogs scoreless, allowed only three first downs and 66 yards of total offense while forcing three turnovers in the Redskins’ 17-0 shutout of the Bulldogs in a Western Buckeye League varsity football contest at Elida High School.
KENTON — For the several hundred fans who were unable or unwilling to return to Kenton for the remainder of the suspended game Saturday afternoon, well, life is full of regrets.
The final 18-plus minutes of the resumed varsity football game between Wapakoneta and Kenton was a classic finish, one that saw the Redskins score a go-ahead touchdown with 6.7 seconds left in the game to steal a 15-14 win in the Western Buckeye League opener at Kenton High School’s Robinson Field.