ELIDA — Wapakoneta picked up a 21-7 win over Elida for the Redskins sixth win in league play.
The Redskins managed to jump out to a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter. The Bulldogs would then cut the lead in half at the 3:41 mark.
The opening touchdown came in the opening quarter on the second Redskin drive as Caleb Moyer connected with Grant Jolly for a 39-yard pass for six.
Jace Knous would score the second Redskin touchdown of the day on a 26-yard rush.
Wapakoneta would later drive get into field goal range looking to take a 10-point lead into the half. Unfortunately for the Redskins Kyle Beach’s kick fell just short as the homecoming team and crowd had some hope going into the half.
Neither team could muster much of an offensive rhythm in the third as the teams combined for two punts and another missed field goal from Beach near the end of the quarter.
Elida would enter the fourth with a promising drive as the Bulldogs had the ball at their own 49. The Bulldogs would later stall out and be forced to punt as the Redskins would squeeze the life out of Elida.
The Redskins marched from their own 33 to score. Wapakoneta took more than eight minutes off the clock in a 16-play drive where only three players touched the ball.
Wapakoneta leaned heavily on the legs of Caleb Moyer, Connor Meckstroth and Jace Knous, Knous would cap the drive off with a three-yard dive for the touchdown to give the Redskins a 21-7 lead with 3:15 to play.
Knous is now up to 10 scores on the ground this season as he added 175 yards on the ground to his season total he now sits at 750 on the year.
The Bulldogs’ final chance in the game fell short as their last drive stalled due to a holding call and a failed fourth down attempt at their own eight. Wapakoneta would later kneel to close out the homecoming loss for Elida.
Following the game, Wapakoneta’s coach Travis Moyer spoke about his team’s performance, “Too many missed scoring opportunities hurt us tonight, we need to clean those up, It wasn’t pretty tonight,” said Moyer. He would add, “we stayed together and found a way to win a football game and the drive at the end was really critical, it put the game away and I really credit our guys up front and our backs running hard in those situations.”
The Redskins left points on the field as Beach missed three field goals on the day and Wapakoneta had redzone trip in the third that ended in a missed kick.
The game was sloppy for both teams as the Bulldogs and Redskins combined for 12 penalties and 135 penalty yards.
Wapakoneta’s defense picked up a lot of slack in the win as they held Elida’s offense to 117 total yards with 90 coming in the air and 27 on the ground. Moyer would speak about his defense leading Wapakoneta to the victory, “we’re always going to lean on our defense, except for the one series we played pretty well defensively tonight and it was a hard-fought game.”
The Redskin offense was able to move the ball effectively on the ground as they racked up 302 total yards with 233 yards from runs. Caleb Moyer was six of nine on the night and had 69 yards through the air, he would also rush for 27.
Knous led the Redskins with 175 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns along with 25 yards receiving.
Coach Moyer would later discuss Knous’ performance, “he continues to get better and continues to get stronger.”
Elida entered Friday with a 4-2 overall record and a 3-2 record against Western Buckeye League foes, with the loss, the Bulldogs have dropped three straight. The Bulldogs will host St. Marys next.
The now 6-0 in WBL play Redskins will move on to hosting Bath in week eight play.
Bath fell in crushing fashion Friday as Defiance was able to blank them 35-0. Bath will look for their first win of the season as they are now 0-7 overall and 0-6 in WBL games.
The 6-1 Wapakoneta Redskins will hope to improve their already perfect WBL record with a win over the Wildcats.