It’s homecoming for the Redskins, and Wapakoneta varsity head coach Doug Frye says his boys will have a tougher than usual test Friday night.
“In my time in the Western Buckeye League, 15 years now, this is the best team I’ve seen at Ottawa-Glandorf,” Frye said.
Ottawa-Glandorf has averaged 49.2 points per game on offense and its defense has allowed only 16.6 points per game through the first half of the season.
Led by head coach Ken Schriner, the Titans (5-0, 4-0 WBL) were preseason favorites to win the WBL and to make a playoff push.
“They are big in the trenches, they are very skilled in the skill areas. We do welcome the challenge and we excited about the opportunity,” Frye said.
This week is homecoming week for the Redskins, and Frye talked about what kind of advantage the team gets from the home-crowd.
“We always like to play at home, we think our fans are super, and we have a great supportive environment,” Frye said.
Seventy points against Defiance, 52 against Kenton and 62 against Fostoria, these numbers really stick out to Frye and the Redskins, and he knows the key to keeping this game competitive is to keep their offense off the field.
And when they are on the field? Limit the damage.
“We’re hoping to slow them down, this team has been able to put a lot of points on the board,” Frye said. “We also need to win the turnover margin.”
Through the past couple weeks, the Redskin playbook has begun to open up more and more, and passing has become a big part of the Wapakoneta offense.
Frye said the game plan is evaluated on a game-by-game basis, based on matchups.
“Depending on the matchup we see week-to-week, you may see a little more running or a little more passing,” Frye said. “We’re going to try to take advantage of any favorable matchups.”
Frye said the season has had it’s ups and downs, and he feels like this Redskin team is capable of putting a complete came together. If Ottawa Glandorf is going to win on Friday, Frye wants the Titans to have earned it. He doesn’t want to hand it to them.
“We fell like we haven’t put our best football game together yet,” Frye said. “It’s going to be quite a challenge for us. It’s going to be a very, very good Ottawa-Glandorf team.”
Check out this week’s edition of Inside the Endzone for more coverage of the homecoming game.