SIDNEY — The Wapakoneta Redskins did not finish the first half how they had hoped, but they redeemed themselves with a strong performance in the second half against the Tippecanoe Red Devils, putting Wapakoneta in a regional championship game for the first time in school history.
Facing a 7-7 tie at halftime, the unbeaten Redskins outscored Tippecanoe 21-0 in the second half in a runaway 28-7 victory Friday in a Division III, Region 10 semifinal at Sidney Memorial Stadium, on a frigid night when temperatures fell below 30 degrees.
SIDNEY — Friday’s matchup features some big-play potential by both offenses.
The Wapakoneta Redskins are coming off of a season-high scoring output after its 49-14 win over Talawanda.
The Tippecanoe Red Devils, meanwhile, are averaging just under 40 points per game for the 2014 season.
Wapakoneta (11-0) and Tippecanoe (9-2) will meet in a Division III, Region 10 semifinal Friday at Sidney
Memorial Stadium in the second round of the high school football playoffs.
Maurice Thomas routinely showed his big-play ability Friday, but the Wapakoneta Redskins were ultimately able to keep the Talawanda Braves’ star tailback in check routinely.
Elsewhere, the Redskins made big plays in all areas of the game and held a huge advantage when it came to doing the little things right during a commanding 49-14 win Friday over Talawanda in a high school football Division III, Region 10 quarterfinal at Harmon Field in Wapakoneta, playing a first-round playoff game at home for the second straight year.
Rarely, if ever, does someone get the chance to meet someone else who shares the exact same name. Yet, for two individuals to both have the same, yet uncommon, first and last name, and not knowing if they are related, is quite rare and astonishing.
Yet, it happened recently for a local boy — Quinn Epperly — and the unusual coincidence sparked an arranged meeting at a football game in New Jersey last month.
Thursday 10/30 28 New Orleans (4-4) @
10 Carolina (3-5-1)
New Orleans took over sole possession of first place in the NFC South, as running back Mark Ingram continued his strong season as he ran for 100+ yards and 2 touchdowns. The New Orleans defense was able to stymy Carolina QB Cam Newton, who was 10-28 passing for 151 yards.
22 Cleveland (5-3) vs.
17 Tampa Bay (1-7)
What a treat for the Redskins on a wicked night of weather on Halloween, as Wapakoneta captured the Western Buckeye League title outright and finished the regular season unbeaten with a 10-0 record Friday. Wapakoneta last completed a 10-0 season in 1986.
The Redskins also unofficially secured the first seed in Division III, Region 10, with their 31-0 win Friday over the Shawnee Indians in varsity football action at Harmon Field in Wapakoneta.
Botkins native Jamie King O’Shea was inducted into the Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame recently.
King O’Shea, after an amazing career running for the Trojans of Botkins High School, had remarkable performances competing in cross country and track and field for the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels.
She was Jamie King as a prep standout. Now married and a stay-at-home mother with four children, King O’Shea was a four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track and field for the Colonels.
The Wapakoneta Redskins clinched a share of the Western Buckeye League title after they posted 42 points in just under 17 minutes Friday in a 42-0 shutout win against the Van Wert Cougars in a WBL varsity football game at Harmon Field.
Wapakoneta (9-0, 8-0 WBL) will look to clinch the league title outright next Friday in the final week of the regular season, needing a win in its league contest against the Shawnee Indians (2-7, 2-6), as the Redskins lead Kenton by one game in the league standings.