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Amid the rainy conditions and mud-soaked field, Wapakoneta Redskins senior running back Zach Schmerge ran for all three of his team’s touchdowns in the first half Friday.
The Redskins recorded a 21-0 victory over the Bath Wildcats in Western Buckeye League varsity football action in Lima.
Schmerge accounted for 177 yards on 34 carries Friday, leading the Redskins’ rushing attack, which sits atop the WBL.
Frye described his team’s mentality playing in the rain and on a muddy field.
“You have to tell your kids, ‘We’re playing the game. We’re not worried about what the conditions are,’ “ Frye said. “It’s easier said than done.
“This year we really haven’t had any practice days like this,” he said. “It was a game where both teams had to get used to the conditions in the first half. It happens. It’s part of the game.”
Wapak’s shutout Friday is the team’s second consecutive shutout, as Wapak blanked Elida the previous Friday, 42-0.
“We have two shutouts in a row in the Western Buckeye League, so my compliments go to the defense,” Frye said. “There’s areas we can improve on, but it’s been two good defensive weeks.”
The second half saw Wapak go scoreless, while Bath showed spurts of moving the ball.
“It’s typical of us that we ride the roller coaster,” Frye said. “We haven’t gotten to where we need to because we haven’t played a complete football game yet. In the first half I was fairly happy with what we did. In the second half I was not very happy.
“We’re not going to be able to get away with the performance we had in the second half,” he said. “We’re going to have to improve in order to win.”
The Redskins totaled 294 yards rushing, using a run-heavy approach Friday. They ran 68 times on 72 offensive plays.
Keaton Metz also carried a good bit of the workload with 17 carries for 62 yards. He added 32 yards receiving.
Logan Martin rushed for 24 yards, Jon Eaton 16 and Kodi Morgan 14.
Morgan went 1-of-4 passing for the game with one 32-yard completion to Metz.
Two dropped passes factored into Morgan’s three incompletions.
“We didn’t do much of it. What we did was somewhat effective,” Frye said. “We need to work on that.”
Wapak has completed one pass in two consecutive games."
Wapak converted 13 times on 19 third downs and was 3-for-4 on fourth downs.
Redskins senior kicker Bailey Hinegardner booted three successful PATs.
Wapak sophomore defensive back Cameron Lauck recorded two interceptions, while senior Isaac Kirby notched a fumble recovery.
Bath had 165 yards of offense and three turnovers.
Wildcats quarterback Cameron Jenkins was 9-of-20 for 93 yards, with most coming in the second half.
Wapak’s defense held Bath to 1-of-8 on third down.
The Redskins’ next game will be against the undefeated Celina Bulldogs in the fourth WBL game of the regular season.
Celina moved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the league after a 14-10 win Friday against Elida.
Wapak, meanwhile, has posted consecutive wins for the first time this season, moving to 3-1 overall in 2-1 in the WBL after a 1-1 start.
Wapakoneta: Zach Schmerge 34-177; Keaton Metz 17-62; Logan Martin 7-25; Jon Eaton 5-16; Kodi Morgan 5-14. Bath: Chase Clark 6-27; Nate Stonehill 7-18; Cameron Jenkins 7-16; Eric Heffner 3-11; Donavan Mabry 1-1; Hayden Atkins 1-(-1).
Wapakoneta: Morgan 1-4 32. Bath: Jenkins 9-20 93.
Wapakoneta: Metz 1-32. Bath: Atkins 5-47; Colin Gossard 3-33; Heffner 1-13.