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November 4th, 2011
FRANKLIN â€” Another slow start, another strong finish.
But not just any win â€” the second playoff win in school history.
The Wapakoneta Redskins scored 18 unanswered points to overcome an early deficit and pull away to a 24-13 win over the Franklin Wildcats (9-2) in a Division II regional football quarterfinal Friday night at Atrium Stadium in Franklin.
Wapak upped its record to 10-1 on the season and earned a trip to Piqua High School next Friday where the Redskins will take on the No. 1-ranked Trotwood-Madison Rams in regional semifinal action.
If you think youâ€™ve been hearing the name Jensen Merricle more the final three weeks of the season, youâ€™re right.
After being benched earlier in the season, the Wapakoneta Redskins junior running back has returned to the lineup and become a significant contributor down the stretch.
After carrying the ball just four times in the previous four games, Merricle broke out in Week 8, rushing for 71 yards and a touchdown in six carries in the win over Van Wert.
The Wapakoneta Chiefs ended the season with a perfect 8-0 record and the coveted Junior Buckeye League Super Bowl championship trophy.
The Chiefs earned the right to be called champions by defeating the Upper Scioto Valley Rams, 34-22 Sunday at Harmon Field.
The Chiefs entered the contest with a 6-0 overall record and 38 points, while the Rams also sat at 6-0 but with 40 points.
The Chiefs conquered the Rams with a strong running game and a healthy passing attack.
WAYNESFIELD - Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers varsity football coach Gary Spencer was named the Northwest Central Conference coach of the year and senior linebacker Ron Jarvis was named the co-defensive player of the year when the all-league selections were released Thursday afternoon.
First-team offensive selections included junior quarterback Garret Miller, senior center Eric Glover, senior guard Ron Jarvis, sophomore tackle Gabe Wilcox, junior tight end Lee Turner, and junior running back Gabe Hennon.
On more than one occasion and by more than one pundit, the Western Buckeye League was described as a â€śgauntletâ€ť in 2011.
Four WBL teams â€” Wapakoneta, Elida, Ottawa-Glandorf and Kenton â€” qualified for the playoffs, and three others â€” Bath, Shawnee and Defiance were still mathematically alive going into Week 10.
But now the second season begins.
Wapak will face the Franklin Wildcats in a Division II regional quarterfinal at 7:30 Friday night at Franklin High School.
COLUMBUS (AP) â€” How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates high school football teams in the final weekly AP poll of 2011, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):
1, Hilliard Davidson (16) 9-0 246
2, Tol. Whitmer (7) 10-0 220
3, Cin. Colerain 9-1 174
4, Middletown (3) 9-1 168
5, Mentor 9-1 145
6, Cle. St. Ignatius 8-2 124
7, Can. GlenOak 9-1 108
8, Cin. St. Xavier 8-2 78
9, Lakewood St. Ed. 7-3 29
10, Solon 9-1 27
Breathe easy, Redskin fans.
And make your plans for Friday nightâ€™s trip to Franklin.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) cleared Wapakoneta on Monday to compete in the football playoffs.
â€śIâ€™m glad to have this behind us,â€ť Wapakoneta Redskins varsity coach Doug Frye said. â€śWe want to move on and do whatâ€™s best for all the kids involved and continue to play football.â€ť
The OHSAA had been investigating the residency of one of the Redskins players after it had received a report he was not residing within the Wapakoneta school district.
A week ago, the Wapakoneta Redskins were undefeated and a lock for the OHSAA football playoffs.
Now they are 9-1 and in wait-and-see mode.
Barring intervention from the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the fifth-seeded Redskins will travel to Franklin to take on the fourth-seeded Wildcats, who are 9-1 and looking to host the first home playoff game in the schoolâ€™s history.
After stumbling upon an OHSAA investigation into the residency of a player on the team, the school contacted the OHSAA on Wednesday and received confirmation of the investigation on Thursday.