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Redskins aim to beat Van Wert in run game

October 24, 2013

Wapakoneta Redskins senior Logan Martin (10) runs through the St. Marys Roughriders defense Friday in a Western Buckeye League varsity football game at Harmon Field. (Staff photo/Brad Frank)

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For the second straight game, the Wapakoneta Redskins will face a winless opponent.

Wapak, after playing the 0-7 St. Marys Roughriders last Friday, will travel to Van Wert this coming Friday to play the 0-8 Cougars in the second to last regular season game, a Western Buckeye League contest in varsity football action at Eggerss Stadium.

The Redskins, after seeing St. Marys’ wing-T offense last Friday, will face another spread offense from Van Wert this Friday.

Wapak varsity coach Doug Frye pinpointed what stands out about the Cougars when watching their game film.

“The size of their kids and the speed of Branson jump out at me,” Frye said. “Branson is one of the fastest guys in the league, and he can make plays on you right away.

“They create some speed problems overall,” Frye said.

Van Wert senior Terrence Branson (5-foot-11, 154 pounds) is one of the leading receivers in the WBL.
Frye said Van Wert will run zone reads, quarterback keeps, shovel passes and jet sweeps from its offensive sets.

Colin Smith (5-11, 160) is Van Wert’s quarterback on offense.

The Cougars will display a 4-3 base defense or present an even front.

“Defensively, it’s typical Van Wert,” Frye said. “They’re big up front.”

Frye predicts the Cougars will crowd the line of scrimmage and attempt to stop the WBL’s leading rushing attack.

“We’re probably see more guys in the box,” Frye said. “They’re going to try to stop our run game.”

The Redskins have rushed for 2,200 yards through eight games, led by senior fullback Zach Schmerge’s 988 yards.

The Cougars rank last in the WBL in run defense.

Wapak’s game Friday against Van Wert is not only its second straight against a winless opponent but also the second in a series of three to conclude the season against teams totaling just two wins.

Incidentally, the WBL’s two winless teams in 2013 -— St. Marys and Van Wert — own the two-highest numbers of league titles in WBL history, as St. Marys has at least a share of 17 and Van Wert 14.

The Redskins, having won six straight games, are seeking to close out the season with two wins in their remaining regular season games, needing at least both wins to host a first-round playoff game.

Wapak has unofficially clinched a playoff berth based on their positioning in the weekly computer ratings, as Wapak has been in first place in Division III, Region 10, the past two Tuesdays.

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