Redskins win season opener over Bellefontaine

Mike Frank
Sports Editor

It was a night of "ground and pound."
Wapakoneta got its 2018 season off to a winning start Friday, recording a 28-14 nonleague win over Bellefontaine.
The Redskins dominated the first half, thanks largely to a rushing attack spearheaded by quarterback Brady Erb and running back Evan Kaeck.
They built a 21-0 lead, and kept Bellefontaine largely bottled up in the first half. A kickoff return late in the second quarter got the Cheiftains on the board.
After a scoreless third, Wapakoneta's Reed Merricle picked off an errant throw and raced 48 yards for a score early in the fourth. Bellefontaine mounted a lengthy drive, and eventually scored, then recovered an onside kick.
The Redskins defense gave up little ground, and a turnover on downs sealed the victory.
"You always want to get off to a good start," said Wapakoneta coach Travis Moyer. "We came out and executed our game plan. We got a lot of ball carriers involved."
He also praised the effort of the defensive unit. Besides the interception, Wapakoneta blocked a field goal and forced several punts.
"The first game can be the toughest," said Moyer, "because of the uncertainty. We just hope we can carry this momentum into next week."
Kaeck had 17 carries for 106 yards and scored on a 1-yard plunge. Erb ran 15 times for 95 yards, and had scores of 9 and 2 yards.
Erb completed two of four pass attempts, one to Riley Gibson for 29 yards and the other to Merricle for 14 yards.

For the full story, see Saturday's edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.