Expectations are always high for a homecoming game, but the Wapakoneta Redskins were not able to keep up with the size and talent of the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans Friday night.
Two big plays, on the last play of the first half and one on the first play of the second half, propelled the Titans to a 27-7 victory at Harmon field.
With the score tied at 7 in the second quarter, Ottawa-Glandorf quarterback Caleb Siefker dropped back and lobbed a pass to 6-foot-2-inch Jacob Leopold for a touchdown. The pass from the 10-yard line, gave the Titans a seven-point advantage going into the second half.
Ottawa-Glandorf received the ball to start the second half, and on the first play from scrimmage , senior running back Tristan Parker exploded through the middle of the line for a 76-yard touchdown run. The score was then 21-7.
Wapakoneta varsity head coach Doug Frye said that 76-yard run was the only play where he was disappointed in his team’s effort.
“Ithought the effort was good, but I was unhappy with the score we gave up to start the second half,” Frye said. “We’re kind of riding the roller coaster here, and we’re trying to get more consistency in our play.”
Wapakoneta’s lone score came on a 9-yard run from senior quarterback Kyle Gibson in the second quarter. Gibson completed a couple long passes on that drive that tied the game at seven. Other than that drive, the Ottawa-Glandorf defense was perfect, and their coach new it.
“Our defense played incredible tonight,” said Ottawa-Glandorf varsity head coach Ken Schriner. “What a smash-mouth football game, that’s what we expected, both teams just laying it out on the line hitting each other.”
The Redskin offense was able to accumulate 245 yards on the night, but two turnovers and stalled drives stopped the Redskins from putting more points on the board.
In the second half, Gibson took a designed run to the right side for a first down, but was tackled and rolled his ankle on the play, his status is questionable.
“We think it’s a sprain, he’ll be questionable for this week’s game. I won’t know anything until tomorrow,” Frye said. “Aside from the injury, I just think Kyle’s a great kid and I’m rooting for him to be able to come back and finish his senior season.”
Gibson finished the game with 165 yards of passing and added another 36 yards of rushing.
Sophomore Kodi Morgan came in to finish out the game at quarterback after the injury, but did not attempt a pass.
The Titan offense was very much based on giving the ball to senior running back Tristan Parker. Parker, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, ran for a game-high 180-yards and had a touchdown.
“Gut check,” Schriner said of Parker’s performance. “He’s a hearty kid, tough kid, he can battle through it, he’s going to be sore tomorrow.”
Titan senior quarterback Caleb Siefker had a solid evening, completing 9-of-14 passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns.
Frye said there is now a new focus of the season, after the Redskins were served their third loss of the season and the playoffs are all but unlikely.
“Right now we’re 3-3, it’s been awhile since we’ve put three winning seasons together, so that’s our objective starting Saturday morning, to focus on a winning season,” Frye said.
Frye acknowledged that the O-G squad is one of the best he has seen in years, and he was happy with how his team fought.
“I thought our team’s effort was good tonight, Ottawa-Glandorf has an exceptional football team, I thought they did a good job of finishing the game in the second half, we didn’t,” Frye said. “I thought the difference in the game was the line play, in the trenches.”
O-G’s offensive line averages about 250 pounds, and their center is listed at 6-foot-5-inch 290 pounds.
“They were big,” Frye said.