- Eyes On
WAYNESFIELD — It was a homecoming game that many Waynesfield-Goshen fans just as soon forget, as the Fort Loramie Redskins dominated the W-G Tigers, 63-7, in a Northwest Central Conference varsity football contest Friday.
Perhaps the only mercy shown was the reduction in time to eight minutes for the final two quarters.
However, to say the Redskins dominated may be an understatement. They scored on their first nine drives, needing only 23 plays to cover a total of 431 yards. Sixteen of those plays went for double-figure yardage gains.
“They weren’t bigger than us, they weren’t faster but they we’re stronger,” W-G varsity coach Doug Foley said of Fort Loramie.
“They showed what happens when a team takes their football program seriously and has a strong weight-lifting program in the offseason.
Fort Loramie rolled up 502 total yards of offense and 197 return yards. The Redskins could have possibly hit 1,000 total yards if not for the shortened quarters. However, what mattered the most is the Redskins managed to execute their game plan, according to varsity coach Matt Burgbacher, who realized what can often happen when you run into a mismatched opponent.
“We wanted to keep on doing what we needed to do,” Burgbacher said. “We knew we were going to hit this point in the season. We knew we would know what kind of team we had after the first four weeks. We just need to keep focusing on doing what we need to do.”
The Redskins scored on their first two possessions, needing barely over two minutes of game clock, to score on a 14-yard run by Logan McGee and a 29-yard pass play from Andy Grewe to McGee.
The lone highlight for the Tigers came on the ensuing possession after Fort Loramie’s second score. Lake Turner uncorked a pass to Brandon Turner for a 71-yard score to make it 14-7, Fort Loramie.
The Redskins quickly answered, with Craig Fullenkamp returning the kick for 47 yards to the Tigers 38-yard line. Two plays later, Grewe found Fullenkamp for a 39-yard scoring play. The Redskins scored two more times before the first quarter ended.
The Redskins only slowed down slightly in the second quarter, rolling up another 178 offensive yards and three scores.
Fort Loramie scored quickly on its first second half possession before emptying its bench to mop up duty.
“It is great when you can get some of the kids in for some experience off of the bench,” Burgbacher said.
Waynesfield-Goshen (0-5) will seek its first win of the season next Friday against the Perry Commodores, who claimed their first win of the season Friday with a 25-19 win over Upper Scioto Valley.
F — DeLaunte Thornton 10-189, Troy Benanzer 2-48, Josh Siegel 7-37, Alex Dickerson 1-18, Logan McGee 1-14, Andy Grewe 2-11, Patrick Pangilinan 3-10, Jake Ward 1-5, Connor Meiring 1-(-)1, Wes Puthoff 2-(-)8: Total 30-323
W — Trey Crumrie 7-20, Drew Lament 3-0, Matt Motter 3-(-)1, Josh Searson 5-(-)4, Luke Hall 4-(-)12, Lake Turner 12-(-)27; Total 34-(-)24
F — Andy Grewe 6-8-179
W — Lake Turner 3-9-84
F — Logan McGee 2-75, Troy Benanzer 1-39, Craig Fullenkamp 1-39, Trey Rittenhouse 1-17, Clint Ratermann 1-9