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Sheffer, Fort Recovery dominate W-G, 54-0

September 7, 2013

Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers junior James Elliott (9), right, runs the ball Friday in a non-league varsity football game against the Fort Recovery Indians in Waynesfield. (Staff photo/Michelle Frank)

Staff Writer

WAYNESFIELD — It was simply total domination.

The Fort Recovery Indians ran around, through and over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in a 54-0 win in a non-league varsity football game Friday.

The game wasn’t even as close as the score may indicate.

After showing some promising areas despite losing 48-3 last week, the Tigers didn’t appear to show anything this time around and appear to be back at square one.

“It was like everyone was standing around waiting on someone else to do something,” said W-G varsity coach Doug Foley. “It really eats at you to have that happen on your home turf. We simply did not execute.”

The Indians wasted no time showing what kind of a night it was going to be.

After forcing the Tigers into a three-and-punt situation on the game’s opening possession, sophomore quarterback Darien Sheffer got involved in just about every way imaginable. Sheffer ran twice for 26 yards, completed three passes and was on the receiving end of some razzle-dazzle for a 45-yard score. The Indians went 69 yards on seven plays with all but two of the yards coming on the legs, feet or hands of Sheffer.

Fort Recovery varsity coach Brent Niekamp said there are still some things to learn for his new quarterback, who entered last week’s game late after the Indians fell behind 21-6. Sheffer led them to a 24-21 comeback win over Edgerton.

“I think we are going to go through some growing pains with him at times,” Niekamp said. “However, he got out there tonight and did what he needed to do.”

Sheffer threw for three scores and had a rushing touchdown to go along with his touchdown reception.

Fort Recovery has traditionally started the season well with their non-league schedule since the inception of their varsity football program in 1992. However, those nifty 2-1 and 3-0 starts have often turned sour after the hit the buzzsaw part of their schedule that is the Midwest Athletic Conference.

Niekamp said the Indians are hoping to turn that corner this time around after starting the season 2-0.

“It's a tough league,” Niekamp said. “I think the difference some of the time is coming in and finishing a game. We had more penalties than I would like tonight and we have to work on cleaning that up.

“However, we came out in the second half and kept it up. But we have to work on the mistakes. We are not going to get away with mistakes too often when we get into league play.”

Foley said he is hoping the team learned something about themselves and is ready to do what they need to do to be competitive.

“We really thought we had a good game plan and we thought we could go into this game and be competitive,” Foley said. “We can only do so much as coaches. The kids just need to realize the sun will still shine tomorrow. We aren’t just teaching football here, we are teaching life lessons.”

W-G (0-2) will host Mechanicsburg next Friday in another non-league contest. Mechanicsburg is 1-1 on the season with a season opening loss to West Jefferson, 21-6, and a win Friday over Fairbanks, 27-14.

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