Redskins crack all-time records leaderboard


From staff reports

Members of the 2013 Wapakoneta Redskins football team appeared in the top five of varying school records upon the conclusion of the season earlier this month.

Two different players set a total of three new schools records.

Senior linebacker Zach Schmerge set a new Wapak mark for most career fumble recoveries with eight, while junior defensive end Thomas Schoenlein owns the school’s career records for most tackles for loss, 47, and most sacks, 15.

Elsewhere, the Redskins had entries into a dozen record categories during the season, three of which were team marks.

In 11 games, this year’s Wapak squad posted 433 points, the second-highest total in school history, behind the top output of 434, set by the 2006 team in 12 games.

The other team entries came from the Van Wert game, a 61-20 win for the Redskins.

Wapak’s 61 points were the third-most points scored in a single game in school history, while the game’s combined 81 points were the fourth-highest in Redskins football history.

The Redskins’ pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns this season were long enough in yardage to crack the top five.

Sophmore Cameron Lauck’s 98-yarder to open the final regular season game against Shawnee was the second-longest in school history, while junior Keaton Metz’s 92-yard return to begin the Ottawa-Glandorf contest was tied for the fifth-longest.

With the help of those two kickoff returns for TDs, Lauck and Metz cracked the top five for highest return average in a season, with a minimum of five attempts. Lauck is third at 32.6 per return, while Metz is fourth at 29.7.

Metz was Wapak’s leading scorer in 2013 with 118 points, which put him fifth all time in for most points scored in a single season.

Schmerge led the Western Buckeye League in rushing yards with 1,389, which left him fourth on the all-time list.

Schoenlein’s 20 tackles for loss in 2013 rank fourth in school history.

Schoenlein and senior Isaac Kirby each had eight sacks this season to tie them for second for most in a single season.

Kirby’s 10 career sacks rank fourth in Redskins history.

Correction: Nate Bracy’s name was incorrectly spelled in the Wednesday, Nov. 20 edition. Also, Zach Schmerge broke Brandon Miller’s record for fumble recoveries, not Bracy’s record.