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Wapak to take on Minster in final preseason test

August 22, 2013

Wapakoneta High School senior Bailey Hinegardner (49) follows through on a PAT during a varsity football scrimmage Saturday against Findlay and Tiffin Columbian at Donnell Stadium in Findlay. (Staff photo/Michelle Frank)

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The Wapakoneta Redskins are now preparing for their final test from an opponent before the regular season begins on Aug. 30. Wapak will face the Minster Wildcats of the Midwest Athletic Conference in a scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harmon Field.

The Redskins concluded the two-a-days portion of their two-a-days schedule Tuesday.

Wapak varsity coach Doug Frye summarized his evaluated of the team’s two-a-days.

“It’s a young team, so two-a-days were even more important than any year before. Our kids’ attitude and work ethic were tremendous,” Frye said. “As a coach, you can never get enough. You always need more time. For the most part, we came out injury-free.

“We showed improvement, so it was a productive two-a-days and good for our team,” he said.

From Minster, the Redskins will face their third spread offense of the preseason after having scrimmaged two on Saturday against Findlay and Tiffin Columbian.

Frye commented on facing Minster this Friday.

“They’re a very quality MAC football team,” Frye said. “They run a wide open offense and they’re traditionally big and physical.

“It gives us an opportunity to face our third passing team of the scrimmage season, so that’s probably the biggest advantage,” he said.

Frye outlined challenges for his team Friday entering the scrimmage.

“First of all, we want to show improvement. This is your biggest opportunity of the season to improve. from scrimmage No. 1 to scrimmage No. 2,” Frye said. “We’ll also be in school on Friday, so it’s an adjustment to a new schedule.

"So, we want to show improvement from the last scrimmage and we have to adapt to a new environment by attending school,” he said.

Frye said he and his coaching staff are seeking to add depth on offense.

As far the defense, one that showed flashes of strong play Saturday in Findlay, Frye said much improvement is still needed from the defense.

“Defensively, we have some areas we need to shore up a little more,” Frye said. “We’ve kind of settled our rotation a little bit more now. We’d like to see more vast improvement in that area."

Friday’s scrimmage marks one week before the start of the regular season, when Wapak will host Bellefontaine in its only non-league game of the season on Aug. 30.

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