FOOTBALL: Stakes much different this year for Kenton game


Last year, it was the game of the year in the Western Buckeye League.

Undefeated Wapakoneta.

Undefeated Kenton. 

This year the stakes are different. Neither team is fighting for an outright WBL title. But both teams are fighting for something.

For the Kenton Wildcats, the outcome of this game weighs heavily on their playoff chances.

For the Redskins, this football game is solely about revenge and pride following the 53-35 loss last year.

Frye said the goal of this game is two-fold.

“Our goal is to finish the season on a high note. Our goal is to go to Kenton, execute our offense, play well defensivley, and finish the season the right way,” Frye said.

Frye acknowleged that Kenton is always a very powerful team.

“We know we’ve got our hands full because Kenton is always a very, very good team, if not a great team,” Frye said.

Kenton quarterback Grant Sherman is living up to the Kenton stereotype of an elite passer. And with his partner in crime, wide receiver Justin Sawmiller, this is arguably the most potent duo in the nation.

“(Sherman) is No. 1 in the nation in throwing. (Sawmiller) is No. 1 in the nation in receiving. That will be a challenge,” Frye said.

“I think some of of senior kids probably are (looking for revenge),” Frye said. “I think some of our younger kids weren’t as directly involved in the game last year.”

“From a coaching standpoint, revenge has very little to do with it,” Frye said. “But I’m sure there are some kids that are looking for a bit of revenge.”

Frye siad the key to winning this football game is to keep the ball out of the hands of the Kenton offense.

“We need to control the ball offensively,” Frye said. “We’ve got hang on to the football and run the clock.”

Frye said the key is to limit the damage done by their offensive weapons.

“We’ve got to make sure those 5-yard gains don’t become 50-yard gains,” Frye said.

Game time is 7:30 p.m., Friday in Kenton. Forecast predicts rain.