KENTON — For the several hundred fans who were unable or unwilling to return to Kenton for the remainder of the suspended game Saturday afternoon, well, life is full of regrets.
The final 18-plus minutes of the resumed varsity football game between Wapakoneta and Kenton was a classic finish, one that saw the Redskins score a go-ahead touchdown with 6.7 seconds left in the game to steal a 15-14 win in the Western Buckeye League opener at Kenton High School’s Robinson Field.
A week ago, the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers varsity football team was humbled by a 55-15 home opening blowout to Jefferson. That night the Tigers found themselves scoreless in the first half and mustered under 100 yards, but W-G turned in a different performance on Friday night.
At the expense of soon-to-be Northwest Central Conference opponent Hardin Northern, the Tigers amassed 237 total yards of offense and 30 points in the first half alone en route to a 49-0 shutout victory.
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.