Worried he may have held the ball too long, Alex Lause was glad he did.
Lause tracked down possession of the ball in the corner, escaped the two initial defenders, worked around a third and afforded himself a workable angle to boot a left-footed shot into the net, giving the Wapakoneta Redskins a 3-2 sudden victory overtime win Thursday over the Elida Bulldogs at Ryan Field in Wapakoneta.
Needing a win to clinch the Western Buckeye League title outright, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys soccer team fell short Monday, as a 2-1 loss to the Celina Bulldogs gave the league championship to the St. Marys Roughriders in back-to-back seasons.
This year Wapakoneta went 7-1-1 in WBL play, finishing as runner-up in the league for the second straight season. St. Marys, meanwhile, was 7-0-2 again in 2014 and gave the Redskins their only league loss this season — on a Monday.
The Wapakoneta Redskins’ defense was put in some tough situations late in the game Friday but came through when needed most, as the Redskins prevailed 21-14 over the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans in varsity football action on Homecoming Night at Harmon Field in Wapakoneta.
In the Western Buckeye League showdown featuring two state-ranked teams, Wapakoneta (7-0) took a two-score lead with six minutes left in the game, but a lost fumble and a muffed punt by the Redskins’ offense gave the Titans (5-2) excellent field position trailing by seven points.
RIDGEWAY — It’s always nice to spoil the opposing team’s Homecoming, especially when the same happened to you the week before.
That is how the Waynesfield-Goshen varsity football felt after a loss last week as the Tigers came into Ridgeway to return the favor.
The Tigers (2-5, 1-2 NWCC) ruined the Golden Gophers’ (2-5, 0-3) Homecoming festivities by thanks to some big plays leading to 19 unanswered points and forcing four turnovers all en route to a 35-12 victory.
Luckily for the Wapakoneta Redskins, they had room to give on the scoreboard Thursday in their game against the Shawnee Indians, because they surely did not have a tie to spare in the Western Buckeye League standings.
Wapakoneta, on its Senior Night, survived the final two minutes of the game after a late goal by the Indians reduced their deficit to one, 2-1, as a tie would have given the St. Marys Roughriders their second straight outright league title.
The Wapakoneta Redskins are beginning to receive some legitimate recognition among the state’s media members.
The Redskins (6-0) were listed fourth within Division III in the latest weekly release of the Associated Press rankings for Ohio high school football, unveiled Monday.
In addition to the lofty ranking in its division, Wapakoneta also received two first-place votes Monday — which implies two members of the media believe the Redskins are the best Division III football team in Ohio right now.
FORT LORAMIE — It’s hard to field a team with just 25 players on a roster, it’s even harder when injuries hit especially to your most important positions on the team. An undermanned team, combined with injuries and shoddy play can all accumulate to a bad season.
This is the case for the Waynesfield-Goshen varsity football as the Tigers’ season is falling apart after falling to Fort Loramie Redskins, 49-6, Friday night in a Northwest Central Conference matchup.