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No one-year wonders here.
After an impressive 7-3 season in 2010 that saw the Wapakoneta Redskins football team miss the playoffs by the narrowest of margins, football is buzzing again in Wapakoneta. As a result, the varsity squad has jumped out to an even stronger mark this year with an 8-0 start.
However, the junior varsity Redskins are showing that the arrival of varsity coach Doug Frye is not just a brief fling.
In relative obscurity, the junior varsity team is following up the varsity squad with some impressive wins of its own.
During Mondayâ€™s contest at Harmon Field, they rolled up 27 points in the blink of an eye in the first quarter and coasted to a 53-6 win over the visiting Van Wert Cougars.
The majority of the teamâ€™s other wins have been in likewise convincing fashion.
â€śWe have had a few close games but mostly we have won them pretty handily,â€ť Wapakoneta junior varsity coach Derek Dunlap said.
Dunlap said Frye has quickly restructured a program that had not had a whole lot of success as of late. He said the biggest change he has seen has been with attitudes.
â€śThere is definitely a good vibe around here right now,â€ť Dunlap said. â€śThey were simply tired of losing and now they want to win. The biggest change has been in everyoneâ€™s attitude. A lot of kids are taking responsibility for their own actions and not blaming someone else.â€ť
Dunlap said the numbers tell a lot of the story. Forty-five players are currently suiting up for the junior varsity games, typically close to double or more of some opponents.
â€śThese kids are playing full go all the time,â€ť Dunlap said. â€śThis isnâ€™t a passing thing. A program is emerging here.â€ť
The junior varsity try to make the season a clean sweep as they host Shawnee in their final game Monday.