On Friday, the Wapakoneta Redskins will face a winless Bath Wildcats team that is constant in some ways and dynamic in others.
“Through the years, they’re a very physical, well-coached team. That has never changed,” Wapak varsity coach Doug Frye said. “Coach (Bill) Garland has done a great job with getting these kids on track. They’ve got a lot of youngsters out there. They continue to get better each week. They’re hard-nosed kids is what jumps out at me.”
Bath’s physicality and toughness are constants.
What changes is the type of looks and formations Bath operates from.
“They do all kinds of stuff, offensively,” Frye said. “One week they’re running the ball a good bit, the next week they’re throwing the ball a good bit.
“They’ll jump from spread to double tight,” he said. “Their quarterback does a very good job. That makes it difficult to prepare for them because they give you so many different looks.”
Frye named the key for defending the ever-changing Bath offense, which is led by junior quarterback Cameron Jenkins.
“We just need to get better fundamentally and recognize their base formations and tendencies,” he said.
Defensively, the Wildcats will display a mix of 4-3 and 5-3 formations which are heavy in blitz pressure.
Frye described how his team prepares for blitzing defenses.
“We blitz every other play in practice to prepare,” he said. “We’ve seen some and continue to see more and more.”
Trent Jones, a 6-foot-6, 227-pound, defensive end received mention from Frye.
The game Friday against Bath will be Wapak’s first road one of the season after three consecutive home games to start the season.
Wapak is 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the Western Buckeye League entering Friday’s game.
The Redskins are coming off of a 42-0 win over the Elida Bulldogs last Friday.
Bath is 0-3, seeking its first win of the season.
The Wildcats lost 49-21 to the Defiance Bulldogs in their WBL opener last Friday.