KENTON — The start of the grand that is the nine-game Western Buckeye League schedule has arrived.
Members of the 10-team league will play only WBL schools the rest of the regular season.
For the Wapakoneta Redskins, their opening game in league play is against the defending WBL champion Kenton Wildcats, who went undefeated and gave runner-up Wapakoneta its only league loss last season.
Kenton throttled Wapakoneta 52-0 after three quarters in the meeting last season before reserves played the fourth quarter.
WAYNESFIELD — Hardin Northern and Waynesfield-Goshen are somewhat alike. Both teams have small rosters, are under the direction of first-year head coaches and have underachieved recently after dominating their competitors in the mid-2000s.
The glaring difference is the fact that Waynesfield has fielded a team for 68 consecutive seasons whereas that streak was broken for the Polar Bears last year.
BELLEFONTAINE — Wapakoneta passed its first test in the new era of Redskins football Friday.
Wapakoneta’s defense shut down Bellefontaine, while Redskins running backs Keaton Metz and Jon Eaton scored two rushing touchdowns each for the Redskins in their 28-6 win over the Bellefontaine Chieftains in non-league varsity football action, giving first-year Wapakoneta coach Travis Moyer his first win with the school.
BELLEFONTAINE — The new era of Wapakoneta Redskins football will unfold Friday as the team plays its first regular season game under first-year head coach Travis Moyer, against the Bellefontaine Cheiftains.
After a 9-2 record in the 2013 season, which ended in the school hosting its first ever home playoff game, the Redskins completed the best four-year stretch in program history under Doug Frye, who returned to coach St. Marys.
Moyer will face 10 unfamiliar opponents during the regular season, with Bellefontaine first in line to take on the Redskins.
The Wapakoneta Redskins overcame a rocky start to their scrimmage Saturday but settled down to show some positive outcomes, as Wapakoneta topped the Minster Wildcats, 21-14, in three quarters of football.
Quarterbacks were not subject to live tackling in Friday’s scrimmage, as officials’ whistles often blew with the QBs sitting in the pocket or scrambling for yardage.
Kicks and punts were allowed but blocking and tackling on returns were not.
RAWSON — The 2013 season was a big disappointment for the Waynesfield-Goshen varsity football team.
The Tigers finished 2-8 overall and 2-4 in the Northwest Central Conference, however at Cory-Rawson High School on Friday, W-G showed improvement and talent along with some techniques that need some ironing out.
“Overall, we need to clean up our performance, but we are coming together nicely,” said Tigers coach Tyler Turner.
After being rained out for their first game of the season, the Wapakoneta Redskins’ boys varsity soccer team showed the crowd at Harmon Field Thursday night what they should be looking forward to for the 2014 season.
At least for one-half anyway, as the Redskins defeated nonconference foe Bellefontaine 7-1 in a season opening match.
The start of the 2014 high school football regular season is less than two weeks away.
First, however, in less than 24 hours, the Wapakoneta Redskins will face their first instance of live, opposing competition, as Wapakoneta will host the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds in a scrimmage starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Harmon Field.
The Redskins will demonstrate Saturday the initial results of summer weightlifting and conditioning, followed by team practices and instruction sessions in July and August.
Drew Wayman captured an individual title Wednesday, as the Wapakoneta Redskins senior shot a 74 to lead all players in the Auglaize County Open.
Wayman and the Redskins placed third out of six teams with a 360 team score Wednesday in their second straight tournament in as many days at Arrowhead Golf Club in Minster.
“He was solid all day today,” Wapakoneta coach Kenny Wayman said Wednesday about his son, Drew. “He battled a few holes that his drive got away from him but battled back mentally and ended up with a very good round.”