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November 11th, 2011
PIQUA â€” One-by-one, the Wapakoneta Redskins seniors stood before their younger teammates.
One-by-one, tears in their eyes, they told them, donâ€™t forget this feeling.
And donâ€™t let it happen again.
One of the greatest seasons in Wapakoneta football history came to a conclusion Friday night as the Trotwood-Madison Rams handed the Redskins a 27-6 defeat in a Division II regional semifinal at Piquaâ€™s Alexander Field.
Wapak ends its season with a 10-2 record. The 2011 Redskins were just the third team in school history to win 10 games and the second to win a playoff game.
Robert Vogel sometimes becomes distracted watching action films and television shows.
No, heâ€™s not disturbed by plotline loopholes or unrealistic dialogue.
The action hero during that big-budget shootout scene probably isnâ€™t holding his gun correctly to pull off that big move.
Vogel, a St. Marys native and a world-class competitive practical shooter and gun expert, notices things like that.
Wapakoneta Redskins varsity football coach Doug Frye is old school.
The veteran coach isn’t a real flashy guy, and his players reflect that.
Go to work. Do your job.
Then there is Maurice Douglass, the head man on the Trotwood-Madison Rams’ sideline. In between stints playing for the NFL’s Chicago Bears and New York Giants he worked as an exotic dancer. His wardrobe once earned him a comparison with musician Prince.
No one has ever compared Frye to Prince.
UPDATED: 11:01 a.m.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) â€” Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant.
"This is a tragedy," Paterno said. "It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."
Wapakoneta vs. Trotwood-Madison
Friday, 7:30, at Piqua
Columbus St. Francis DeSales vs. Elida
Friday, 7:30, at Clyde
Genoa Area vs. Kenton
Saturday, 7, at BGSU
Versailles vs. Coldwater
Friday, 7:30, at Dayton
Del. St. Johnâ€™s vs. Tiffin Calvert
Saturday, 3, at BGSU
Ada vs. Marion Local
Saturday, 7, at Lima Stadium
Fort Loramie vs. Minster
Saturday, 7, at Harmon Field
After finding slim pickings on seating last Friday, fans will have an easier go of it this week.
The Wapakoneta Redskinsâ€™ Division II football regional semifinal game at 7:30 Friday night against the Trotwood-Madison Rams will be played at Alexander Field in Piqua, one of the more fan-friendly stadiums in the region.
The stadium, located on the campus of Piqua High School just east of Interstate 75, is a modern facility that seats 8,500 â€” 4,500 on the home side and 4,000 on the visitor side â€” according to the schoolâ€™s Web site.
The following is the schedule for Wapakoneta Playoff Ticket Sale Information:
Wednesday Nov. 9 from 3-7 pm for 9-12 Football Players and Cheerleaders and Parents, Band Parents, and Reserved Football Season Ticket Holders
Thursday Nov. 10 from 8-12 for students and staff and from 12-3 for General Public
Friday Nov. 11 from 8-1 for General Public
REGIONAL SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS
All games at 7 p.m. Saturday, unless noted
1 Mentor (10-1) vs. 5 Solon (10-1), at Byers Field
2 St. Ignatius (9-2) vs. 6 St. Edward (8-3), at Brunswick
1 Tol. Whitmer (11-0) vs. 5 Canton McKinley (9-2), at Mansfield Arlin Field
7 Wadsworth (10-1) vs. 3 Hudson (10-1), at Canton Fawcett Stadium
1 Hilliard Davidson (10-0) vs. 4 Upper Arlington (9-2), at Cols. St. Francis DeSales Alumni Stadium
2 Pickerington Central (8-2) vs. 6 Gahanna Lincoln (9-2), at Ohio Wesley University Selby Stadium