LIMA — Wapakoneta held a lead against Bath for a total of two plays during the Redskins’ 28-21 Western Buckeye League overtime win Friday night.
But those two plays were critical in keeping Wapakoneta (6-2, 6-1) tied with Van Wert (7-1, 6-1) for first place in the WBL standings. The Cougars routed Kenton 63-20 on Friday.
Tied at 21 in overtime, quarterback Braeden Goulet ran 5 yards for a touchdown on the third play and Nikane Ambos kicked an extra point to give the Redskins a 28-21 lead. Then, WHS made a emphatic statement as defensive end Mikey Lee stripped Bath quarterback Ian Armentrout of the ball on the Wildcats’ first play in the extra session and Wapakoneta linebacker Joey Truesdale caught it in mid-air for a fumble recovery.
Truesdale was overjoyed with being able to make a crucial play at a critical moment.
“It’s awesome that we could get a win after leading for only two plays. It’s a great feeling,” Truesdale said. “All those 5:55 a.m. lifting sessions and we come out every day with a winning attitude in practice. We work our tails off every day. I am truly blessed to have these teammates and these coaches. It’s amazing.”
Redskins coach Travis Moyer said his team fought from behind most of the night before it preserved a conference road victory.
“We had a lot of things go against us but the thing that I am most proud of is that we continued to fight,” Moyer said. “We did not panic and there was a lot adversity with the lightning delay. It wasn’t pretty but we found a way to win.”
Tied at 7 at the 4:06 mark in the second quarter and with Bath facing a third-and-11 at the Wapakoneta 37, game officials stopped the contest for 30 minutes after lightning had been spotted in the area.
The Wildcats struck quickly in the first quarter, when Armentrout delivered a 44-yard touchdown pass to Griffen Mikesell at the 8:51 mark. Keaton Liles’ PAT kick made it 7-0 Bath.
The Redskins, who went three-and-out on their first three possessions, strung together a 10-play, 75-yard drive that Goulet capped with a 1-yard touchdown run as 9:20 remained in the first half. Ambos kicked the extra point for a 7-all tie.
Goulet ran for all four Wapakoneta touchdowns (1, 1, 2 and 5 yards).
Bath was in the middle of a 10-play, second-quarter drive when the game was temporarily halted. When play resumed, Armentrout ran for eight yards, but the WHS defense forced him into throwing an incompletion on fourth down.
The next Wapakoneta possession was short-lived, as Armentrout changed the momentum of the game by intercepting Goulet on first down. The Wildcats went on a nine-play, 47-yard drive that Bath quarterback ended with a 6-yard touchdown run with 46 seconds left before halftime.
BHS was ahead 14-7 at intermission.
“I felt like we would get the momentum at times and then we couldn’t get off the field on defense or we had the game delayed,” Moyer said. “It was like a roller coaster but were able to get to the peak at the end.”
After stopping the Wildcats’ first possession in the second half, the Redskins used a 6-play, 55-yard drive to tie the game at 14 on Goulet’s second 1-yard touchdown run. Jace Mullen’s 8-yard carry and a Bath penalty for a facemask set up WHS inside the Wildcats’ 10-yard line.
Each team scored in the fourth quarter.
Bath went ahead 21-14 as Armentrout’s 5-yard touchdown pass went to Blaine Albright with 4:20 left in regulation time.
Wapakoneta rallied to score with 1:08 showing as Goulet’s 5-yard touchdown run led to a 21-all tie.
Each team had a possession during the final 68 seconds, but were not able break the tie.
“We were very fortunate but we knew this was going to be a hard-fought game over here,” Moyer said. “It’s never easy on the road, especially against a talented team like Bath, which has a lot of seniors who have played a lot of football. At times early on, we lost the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. But we found a way at the end because we had some guys make some big-time plays for us.”
WAPAKONETA 28, BATH 21, OT
B—Griffen Mikesell 44 pass from Ian Armentrout (Keaton Liles kick), 8:51.
W—Braeden Goulet 1 run (Nikane Ambos kick), 9:20.
B—Ian Armentrout 6 run (Keaton Liles kick), 0:46.
W—Braeden Goulet 1 run (Nikane Ambos kick), 6:01.
B—Blaine Albright 5 pass from Ian Armentrout (Keaton Liles kick), 4:20.
W—Braeden Goulet 2 run (Nikane Ambos kick), 1:08.
W—Braeden Goulet 5 run (Nikane Ambos kick).
|Total Net Yards||289||273|
|Time of Possession||23:30||24:30|
RUSHING—Wapakoneta (Braeden Goulet 22-115, Jace Mullen 14-74); Bath (Ian Armentrout 18-89, Carter Parlapiano 15-34, Skyler Lhamon 4-32, Ty Sibert 3-6).
PASSING—Wapakoneta (Braeden Goulet 13-23-1-100); Bath (Ian Armentrout 9-15-0-113, Carter Parlapiano 0-1-0-0).
RECEIVING—Wapakoneta (Kaden Siefring 5-46, Zach Rogers 4-26, Kaleb Walter 3-21, Austin Stauffer 1-7); Bath (Cody Vandemark 7-64, Griffen Mikesell 1-44, Blaine Albright 1-5).
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
DEFENSE (TKL-SOLO-AST-SACK-TFL-INT)—Wapakoneta (Braeden Goulet 7½-6-3-0-0-0; Joey Truesdale 7½-5-5-0-1-0; Jacob Schroeder 5½-5-1-0-1-0; Zach Rogers 4½-4-1-0-0-0; Connor Meckstroth 3½-2-3-0-½-0; Jayden Rampulla 3½-3-1-0-2-0; Kaden Siefring 3-1-4-0-0-0; Tyler Houser 3-2-2-0-½-0; Trevor Houts 3-2-2-0-0-0; Austin Brown 3-3-0-0-0-0; Mikey Lee 2½-1-3-0-0-0; Jordan Schneider 2-1-2-0-0-0; Austin Stauffer 2-1-2-0-0-0; Andrew Mosler 1-0-2-0-0-0; Jace Knous ½-0-1-0-0-0); Bath (not available).