Wapakoneta tops Shawnee for fourth win

Mike Frank
Sports Editor

LIMA — It took plenty of sweat and muscle.
Wapakoneta used a strong second half effort to power its way to a 28-14 victory over Shawnee in Western Buckeye League football action on Friday night.
The teams went back and forth in the first two periods, and were even at 14 at the half. Wapakoneta forced a punt to open the second half, then took advantage of good field position to drive down and go in front. They would add another score early the in the fourth, then stopped the Indians twice on downs to secure the win.
Wapakoneta moves to 4-0 overall, and 3-0 in WBL play. They are now in sole possession of first place in the league.
Coach Travis Moyer said, "The defense got stops when we needed it. (Shawnee) kept us off balance a little bit."
He praised the win as a team effort. "The offense picked up the defense, the defense picked up the offense, and our special teams played well," Moyer said. "Our team gave a gutsy effort."
Senior running back Evan Kaeck had 21 carries for 144 yards, and two touchdowns, both on short blasts near the goal line. Connor McDonald pitched in with 12 carries for 80 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown.
Quarterback Reed Merricle ran 13 times for 49 yards. He also threw his first touchdown pass of the season, connecting with junior Noah Ambos for 68 yards.

For the full story, see the Sept. 21 edition of the Daily News.