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The kings are still on the throne.
They left little doubt of that.
Maty Mauk sliced his way through the Wapakoneta Redskins defense â€” both in the air and on the ground â€” to lead the Kenton Wildcats to a 52-32 win in a battle of Western Buckeye League unbeatens Friday night at Harmon Field.
The win gave Kenton (10-0, 9-0 WBL) its fourth-straight league championship and denied the Redskinsâ€™ (9-1, 8-1) bid for a 10-0 season.
â€śHe was a man among boys tonight,â€ť Wapak coach Doug Frye said of Mauk. â€śTake him out of the picture and weâ€™ve got us a football game.â€ť
WAYNESFIELD â€” One thing is for sure, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers took care of their side of the bargain.
With a score more suited for the easy setting on the Madden Football video game, the Tigers defeated Ridgemont 72-30 Friday night at Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
Most importantly, the Tigers clinched an outright Northwest Central Conference title with the win.
Unfortunately for W-G, the playoff points did not work out in its favor as Lockland edged out the Tigers for the eighth and final spot after its win Friday night.
When the 2011 Western Buckeye League football schedule was released, eyes were instantly drawn to Week 10.
Kenton vs. Wapakoneta.
The buzz was immediate.
All the two teams had to do was survive the toughest WBL gauntlet in recent memory.
Each had their too-close-for-comfort moment â€” the Redskinsâ€™ 14-13 win over Bath in Week 3 and the Wildcatsâ€™ 30-28 win over Elida in Week 6.
But they came out on top. And now, here it is, Week 10.
9-0 vs. 9-0.
Wapak is ranked seventh in Division II in the latest AP state poll. The Wildcats are No. 1 in Division IV.
FINDLAY â€” Wapakoneta Redskins varsity volleyball coach Keith Rambin was flying blind.
No match film? No scouting report? No stats? No idea what to expect?
The Redskins may not have known much about the Napoleon Wildcats, but they figured it out early enough to roll to a three-game sweep in a Division II district semifinal Wednesday at Liberty-Benton High School.
Wapak rallied for a narrow 25-23 win in the first game, then pulled away to win 25-20 in the second and 25-16 in the third.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity football team clinched a playoff berth with its 41-14 win over the Shawnee Indians on Friday.
According to the Web site joeeitel.com, which tracks the Harbin computer points, the Redskins are unofficially fifth in Division II, region 8.
The top eight teams in each region qualify. The top four teams get to play their opening round games at home.
Wapak can clinch a home game with a win Friday night against Kenton. A win would guarantee the Redskins either a third- or fourth-place finish in the points, depending on what other teams in the region do.
LIMA â€” Armed with a new defensive scheme and a new line-up since the last time the two teams played, the Wapakoneta Redskins erased the memories of a past loss to St. Marys on Saturday night.
The Redskins won a sectional title with a three-game sweep of Auglaize County rival St. Marys Â at Lima Senior High School.
The 26-24, 25-19, 25-22 Division II sectional final win means Wapakoneta advances to the district tournament for the first time since 1997.
Avenging a regular season loss to the Roughriders didnâ€™t feel too bad to Wapak coach Keith Rambin and his Redskins, either.
SIDNEY â€” The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers celebrated a team win Saturday night in a chess match of a game.
With injuries depleting his corps, Tiger varsity coach Gary Spencer credited his entire team for Saturdayâ€™s exciting victory over the Sidney Lehman Catholic Cavaliers â€” a game which came down to the final seconds.
As Spencer watched two-way starter Gabe Wilcox and then Cody Baker go down to injury, his coaching staff shuffled in and replaced tired or nicked up players.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP â€” Another hurdle cleared.
And now the big one.
The Wapakoneta Redskins came up with a pair of big third-quarter stops and pulled away to a 41-14 win over the Shawnee Indians on Friday night at Shawnee.
Wapak remained unbeaten at 9-0 overall and 8-0 in the Western Buckeye League.
The win sets up what looks to be an epic Week 10 matchup against the also undefeated Kenton Wildcats for all the proverbial marbles.
â€śI couldnâ€™t ask for a better season,â€ť Wapak center Nick Warner said. â€śItâ€™s been great. I never expected something like this out of my senior year.â€ť
BOTKINS â€” The fact that Dayton Stivers came into Fridayâ€™s sectional matchup with Botkins as the underdog didnâ€™t have Botkins head coach Kevin Lynch fooled at all.
â€śI had scouted them,â€ť Lynch said. â€śWe knew going in that it wasnâ€™t going to be easy.â€ť
The Stivers team, loaded with eight seniors, matched up well with both Botkins speed and physical style of play before finally succumbing in Botkinsâ€™ 3-2 win.
Stivers showed they had come ready to play by quickly scoring the first goal of the game and leaving the Trojans scratching their heads.
As the Wapakoneta Redskins entered Week 9 of the high school football season a year ago, they had already exceeded expectations.
The memories of a 1-9 season in 2009 were gone and a playoff berth seemed in the bag.
Then came a 46-15 loss to Kenton in Week 9 and a 28-21 defeat at the hands of the Elida Bulldogs seven days later.
Suddenly it was time to pack up the equipment and start thinking about next year.
Now itâ€™s next year.