Wapakoneta football pitches a shutout on homecoming against Shawnee.
The Redskins dominated the Indians early and often as they continue their unbeaten start in Western Buckeye League play after a 27-0 win Friday.
The defense for Wapakoneta started out on fire forcing Shawnee three and outs the first five Indian possessions. Wapakoneta head coach Travis Moyer spoke after the game about his team’s defense early, “credit our defense staff with putting together a great game plan and our kids going out and executing it. They (Shawnee) are tough to defend they have the ability to run and pass effectively and that was really huge for us,” said Moyer.
The Redskin offense started out just as hot, scoring 20 straight points on their first four possessions.
Jace Knous led the Redskins in the win with 179 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns. The gameplan was clear early on as Knous was handed the ball on the first seven plays from scrimmage, he scored two of his three touchdowns in those first seven touches.
The next two possessions for the Redskins would result in a 42 and 39-yard field goal from Kyle Beach.
Moyer would also talk about his team’s start on offense, “I thought we got off to a good start offensively, we got off to an early lead and had a sense of urgency when we came out of the locker room.”
The Indians had a difficult time moving the ball against the Redskin offense as they only had 86 total yards and four first downs. To add to this they played a total of four snaps in Redskin territory.
The Redskins took advantage of the struggles and managed to pick up a fourth WBL win and held an opponent scoreless for the first time this season.
The Redskins relied heavily on junior running back Jace Knous in Friday’s win as he led the charge with 23 carries along with his 179 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Coach Moyer would give praise to Knous and his O-Line, “he had a really good effort and I know he’d be the first guy to thank the guys up front and I thought early on we really controlled the line of scrimmage.”
Neither team had much success in the second and third quarters other than the Redskin’s first drive in the second that resulted in a field goal, the two teams would not score again until the fourth quarter.
“I thought we got bogged down there a little bit in the middle quarters but were able to hit our stride again in the fourth.”
For some the dance is the highlight of homecoming week, for others, it may be school pageantry. For football coaches, the game reigns supreme, “for our program the most important thing is the football game and the objective is to come out and be 1-0 after tonight and fortunately we were able to do that tonight. It’s just a part of the whole week’s experience and we’re excited about the student-athletes and we’re happy to come away with the victory tonight.
UNBEATEN IN WBL
The Redskins are now 4-0 in WBL games after the 27-0 win over Shawnee. Moyer has stressed the importance of the team’s first goal of a WBL championship Friday was no different, “I just hope they understand that every week is going to be a grind and they need to come out and give their best effort every Friday,” said Moyer.” He would add, “the thing about the Western Buckeye League is there are great coaches and great players and on any given Friday night anything can happen so it’s the understanding that we need to take care of our own business.”
Wapakoneta outgained Shawnee 275-86. The Redskins ran for 263 and passed for 12 yards as the Indians only ran for 57 yards and had 29 through the air.
Both teams had multiple fumbles but recovered all of them as neither team had any turnovers. Perhaps the most jarring stat is the first down differential, Wapakoneta had 16 to Shawnee’s 4.
The Redskins will look to continue their momentum as they are the lone unbeaten team in WBL play after Celina topped Elida 17-3 Friday.
The 4-1 Redskins have remained unbeaten after dropping their week one non-conference game at Marion Local.
Wapakoneta will be on the road at Kenton Friday as they look to pick up WBL number five and stay unbeaten, Kenton lost to Defiance 42-6 Friday.