For the second straight week, the Wapakoneta Redskins will be facing a team in good standing with respect to the high school football playoffs.
The Redskins will make a trip north Friday to take on the Defiance Bulldogs (3-2) in a Western Buckeye League contest starting the second half of the regular season.
Wapakoneta owns the second spot in Division III, Region 10, in the latest computer ratings, while Defiance is ranked sixth in Division III, Region 8.
The Redskins have won three straight games and are coming off of a thrilling 29-26 win over the previously unbeaten Celina Bulldogs.
“Each game you win, the next game gets bigger,” Wapak varsity coach Doug Frye said. “I told our kids, now, when we win, the next one just continues to grow. We have to enjoy the win on Saturday and then Sunday get our mind focused on the next next opponent.
“Knowing Coach (Jerry) Buti, heading to Defiance, we’ll have our hands full.”
When the Redskins offense appears on the field Friday against Defiance, a strength versus strength matchup will be featured.
Wapak is the top rushing offense in the WBL, while Defiance has the size along the line of scrimmage to deal with the Redskins’ running backs.
“They’re big. We went from one extreme to the other,” Frye said. “They haven’t given up many rushing yards.
“It’ll be a challenge for us,” he said. “We’ll have to carry out our assignments and finish our blocks.”
Defiance, led by senior quarterback Will Batt, operates a spread offense.
“Taking nothing away from (Kenton quarterback Grant) Sherman, but Batt might be the best quarterback in the league,” Frye said. “He not only has a rifle of an arm but he can move around, so we’re facing a tremendous quarterback with a rifle of an arm and some good skill kids.
“I really believe he is the best athlete at quarterback we’ve faced,” he said.
With 309 yards passing, Batt had 354 of Defiance’s 374 total yards Friday in his team’s 20-0 win over Ottawa-Glandorf.
Batt has 13 touchdowns this season through five games.
Defiance’s Trey Guilliam tallied 112 yards receiving against O-G.
Guilliam is the WBL’s second-leading receiver with 42 catches for 669 yards.